Governors Charging and Remittance Policy
The Governing Body of Hippings Methodist School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards pupils' education.
The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
Activities in School Hours
All activities which take place during school hours must be free of charge. These activities include educational visits and trips, visits to the theatre and performances by musical or theatre groups at school.
Where the school proposes to arrange such an activity, parents will be informed of the plans in advance and invited to make a voluntary contribution to the cost. Any activity to which parents are invited to contribute will go ahead if sufficient contributions are received to cover the cost of the activity.
It is stressed that there is no obligation to contribute and that no pupil will be excluded from any such activity on the basis that no contribution has been received on their behalf once an activity has been organised.
The governing body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:-
Residential Visits. The board and lodging element of approved residential activities deemed to take place in school hours.
Activities outside School Hours The full cost to each pupil of all approved activities deemed to be optional extras taking place outside school hours.
Instrumental Tuition This will be the subject of a contract between parents and the Lancashire Music Service
Design Technology, Science, Art/Craft. The Governing Body reserves the right to charge for ingredients and materials used in these subjects or require them to be provided if the parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product.
The Governing Body may from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made.
Where the parents of a pupil are in receipt of income support or family credit, the Governing Body will offer to remit the cost of full board and lodging for any residential activity which is deemed to take place in school hours or where it forms part of the syllabus for the National Curriculum.
The Governing Body may wish to help families who are not able to afford to make a contribution. This will be done in confidence at the discretion of the Headteacher and Governors.
Reviewed September 2017