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MONKWICK JUNIOR SCHOOL CHARGING POLICY  Reviewed February 2016
 
Rationale
 
Monkwick Junior School aims to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum
that is enriched through a wide variety of additional experiences. These take place both on and off the school site and all activities are chosen to support the children’s learning and the school’s ethos. The Education Act 1996 clarifies the activities for which charges can be made or voluntary  contributions sought and gives schools the discretion to charge for optional activities, provided wholly or mainly out of school hours and the right to invite voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or in support of any activity organised by the school whether during or after school hours.
 
Objectives
The objectives of the Charging Policy are:
•     To ensure activities offered in school time should be available to all pupils regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to help meet the cost.
•     To identify those activities for which charges may be levied.
•     To invite voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school in support of any activities organised by the school either during or outside school hours.
 
Charges
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances allowed by the Act:
•     Ingredients and materials for cooking, Art, Craft, Design & Technology
•     activities. Materials will be charged for (or parents will be required to supply these) if they have indicated in advance a wish to own the finished product.
•     Activities which take place outside school hours and which are not a statutory part of the National Curriculum e.g. outings, visits, sports coaching, cycling courses.
•     Trips and activities during the school day (through a voluntary contribution)
•     Activities which involve children in nights away from home will include charges for board, lodging and travel costs. Families in receipt of the benefits listed below will be exempt from these charges. The costs will not exceed the actual cost of provision.
 
Voluntary contributions
When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip.
All contributions are voluntary, however should we not receive sufficient contributions to make the trip viable, it might be cancelled. If a trip goes ahead, it will include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip or event, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. The school will provide a breakdown of how trips and activities are funded should this be required.
 
Breakages
In cases of wilful damage, breakage or loss of equipment on loan to children, the Headteacher, in consultation with the Chair of the Finance Committee may decide to make a charge. Each incident will be dealt with on its own merit and at their discretion.
 
Financial Support
In order to minimise costs to parents, wherever possible the school contributes a small subsidy from the School Fund, this is used specifically to support overall costs for the trip.
 
Residential Visits
Our residential activities take place largely during school time and as such no charge will be made for the education element of the trip. Expressions of interest are sought prior to the visit in order to determine whether or not it will go ahead. This includes a breakdown of the costs involved. Parents of children involved in residential visits will be charged for board and lodging and will be asked for a voluntary contribution towards any other costs involved. Parents in receipt of the following benefits are exempt from paying the cost of board and lodging, however some of our parents make an individual
decision to contribute:
 
•     Income Support (IS)
•     Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
•     Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•     Child Tax Credit (CTC - providing that they do not also receive Working Tax Credit (WTC) and have an annual income assessed by Her  Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16 190) The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
•     Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA/IR)
 
Swimming
The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Year 5. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. Currently the school makes no charge to recover the cost of the pool hire,coaching and transport.

 

Additional In-School Charges
Income from Sales
Some goods are purchased through the school for the convenience of parents, and this income often takes the form of commission. Goods include; Book Fair sales and school photographs.
 
Income from Donations
Occasionally, the school will seek voluntary donations from events such as non-uniform days, sponsorship etc. The purpose for which the donation will be used is explained clearly to parents and visitors.
 
Income from Lettings
The school does not provide lettings at present.
 
The Headteacher and Governing Body will ensure that:
•     Careful consideration is given to making up any shortfall in voluntary
contributions from parents from the school’s delegated budget
•     If a charge is made for each child it will not exceed the actual cost.
•     In the case of day visits and activities, no child will be excluded because the school has not received a voluntary contribution towards the cost involved.
•     Whenever possible, parents are given sufficient notice of forthcoming trips and activities
 
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