Charging and Remissions Policy
Seven Hills School is commited to providing an inclusive education for all its students. The school aims for all students to take part in a rich and varied range of school experiences.
The purpose of the policy is to ensure that there is clarity over those items which the school will provide free of charge and for those items where there may be a charge.
The school day is defined as: 9.15 – 3.25. The midday break does not form part of the school day.
The headteacher will ensure that staff are familiar with and correctly apply the policy.
The governors will review the policy annually
During the school day all activities that are necessary part of the National Curriculum plus religious education will be provided free of charge. This includes any materials, equipment and transport to take students between the school and the activity.
There will be no charge for any activity that is an essential part of the syllabus for an approved examination.
A charge will be made for the materials used by students who are on practical courses (e.g. Food Technology, Design Technology) where they wish to own the finished product.
Voluntary contributions may be sought for activities during the school day which entail additional costs, for example field trips. In these circumstances no student will be prevented from participating because his/her parents cannot or will not make a contribution. [If insufficient funds are available it maybe necessary to curtail or cancel activities]
Optional activities outside of the school day
We reserve the right to charge for activities provided outside of the school day, for example Sports Club, Music Club. Such activities are not part of the National Curriculum or religious education nor are they part of an examination syllabus.
Education partly during the school day
If a non-residential activity happens partly inside the school day and partly outside of it, there will be no charge if most of the time to be spent on the activity falls within the school day. Conversely, if the bigger proportion of time spent falls outside of the normal school day, charges will be made. When such activities are arranged parents will be told how the charges were calculated.
Charges will be made for board and lodging, except the cost will not exceed the actual cost of the provision.
Where the trip takes place wholly or mainly during school hours, students whose parents are in receipt of the following support payments will, in addition to having a free school-lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of these charges:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit - as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
The above arrangements also apply where a trip takes place outside school hours but is necessary as part of the National Curriculum, or forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed examination that the school is preparing the pupil to sit, or the syllabus for religious education.
Travel in the school mini-bus is free.
Loss and Damage to School Property
Parents of a student who damages or loses any item of school property or equipment, including for example windows or computers, are liable for the cost of repair or replacement.
When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on the actual costs incurred, divided by the total number of students participating. There will be no levy on those who can pay to support those who can't or won't.
Parents who would qualify for support are those who are in receipt of eligible benefits.
The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to the school and/or charges to parents.