Charging and Remissions Policy
The Charging Policy:
The Authority’s Policy is to charge for the following areas of activity as permitted under the Education Act 1996:
- Board and lodging on residential visits
- Costs associated with individual tuition in playing a musical instrument whether in or out of school hours, unless it is provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or is required by the national curriculum.
- Optional activities which take part wholly or mainly outside school hours, but which are not provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination, and are not required in order to fulfil statutory duties to the National Curriculum or to religious education, participation in any such activities to be on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to meet such charges as are made.
- The cost of entering a pupil for a public examination not prescribed in regulations, and for preparing the pupil for such an examination outside school hours
- The cost of re-sits of prescribed public examinations where no further preparation has been provided by the school.
- The cost of entering a pupil for a second public examination when preparation by the school enables the pupil to take more than on examination
- The cost of any scrutiny of examination results if so requested by parents
- The cost in cash or in kind of ingredients and materials needed for practical subjects such as home economics and craft, design and technology, if parents have indicated in advance a wish to own the finished product.
The Remissions Policy:
The charge for the board and lodging costs of a residential visit, where the education on that visit must otherwise be provided free, will be remitted in the case of pupils whose parents or guardians are in receipt of:
Ø Income Support
Ø Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Ø Working Families’ Tax Credit
Ø Disabled Person’s Credit
For example, if the activity takes place wholly or mainly in school hours, and/or is provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination, or is required in order to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to religious education.
The Authority operates a remissions policy in relation to individual tuition in playing a musical instrument. Details of the current scheme are available from Brenda George, Hertfordshire Music service on 01582 830380/81.
Please ask at the office if you have any queries about these two policies.
‘Visiting our school? If there is a specific need that you have that you would like the school to be aware of when visiting please let us know before your arrival and we shall try to make reasonable accommodation for you.’