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Charging and Remissions Policy

East Wichel Community Primary School & Nursery
Charging & Remissions Policy

All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as
part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition.

Voluntary contributions

  • When organising school trips or activities in school which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip/activity. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip/activity. If a trip/activity goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.
  • If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip/activity, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the trip/activity and there is funding put aside for Pupil Premium children which is sometimes used. Parents have a right to know how each trip/activity is funded. The school provides this information on request.
  • If insufficient voluntary contributions are raised to cover the cost of trip/activity and the shortfall cannot be made up, the school reserves the right to cancel the trip/activity.
  • The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
  • visits to museums
    • sporting activities which require transport expenses
    • outdoor adventure activitie
    • visits to the theatre
    • visiting theatre companies/musicians
    •  musical events by visiting artists

Music tuition

  •  Although the law states that all education provided during school hours must be free, music lessons are an exception to this rule. Charges may be made for tuition in playing a  musical instrument, provided that the teaching is not an essential part of the National Curriculum.
  • There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. All charges for music tuition are passed on directly to the parents. Parents may apply for assistance in the case of those in receipt of benefits by informing the school office. The school office will then pass on the details to the providers. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the end of each academic year.


  • The school organises swimming lessons. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum for children in KS2. The School covers the cost of this activity.
  • We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.


Extra Curricular Clubs

  • The school offers a variety of additional clubs after school. Where these clubs are provided by members of staff from the school, no charge is made to attend the club.However in order for the club to run we may ask for a contribution towards the costs,e.g. ingredients for cooking, specialist materials, resources and cost towards purchasing an item for the child to keep. Any costs incurred to parents/carers as part of attending the club, will be made known to the parents in advance of the club taking place and as part of the booking system.
  • From time to time the school invites outside providers who offer clubs outside the expertise of East Wichel staff. The cost is passed on directly to the parents. The school sometimes offers subsidy for these non-curriculum activities if the child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
  • Breakfast and After School Clubs The school runs a Breakfast and After School Club. Children should be registered with these clubs and a charge is made for sessions attended. In the future East Wichel may also run clubs during some of the school holidays where a daily/half day charge may be made.

Residential visits

  • If the school organises a residential visit in school time or mainly school time, we calculate the cost of travel, board and lodging and excursions during the residential. The school subsidises the cost for staff and cover during their absence from the School Public Fund.
  • The children are encouraged to fund raise towards the cost of one of the excursions for the residential visit 

The Government funds children for 30 hours a week from the term following their 3rd birthday.


Remissions Policy
In exceptional circumstances such as the outlay for school uniform, trips and visits the Governing Body will invite parents to apply in confidence to the Headteacher for the remission of charges in part or full. The Headteacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors will make authorisation of remission.

Reviewed: February 2018
Currently under review