The Governors intend to reinforce the objectives of the charging provision laid down in the Education Reform Act, 1988.The right to free school education and activities offered during the school day to be available to all pupils regardless of their ability to pay.
ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS FOR THE CURRICULUM
The curriculum will be delivered to all pupils without charge but where resources required for enriching the curriculum are not available within the scope of the existing resources voluntary contributions may be requested.
Where the activities lie outside the scope of the ordinary school curriculum yet support the pupils’ development they will be charged for.
PUPILS’ PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
Parents are required to provide clothing for P.E., swimming and games and pencil cases.
TEXTBOOKS AND WRITING BOOKS
The school will continue to provide books as required for the curriculum but where such books are lost or damaged then parents will be required to pay for their replacement.
MATERIALS FOR — USE IN THE CURRICULUM
Should a pupil complete a project which s/he will later wish to own then parents will be expected to meet the cost of the materials involved.
FIELD TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CURRICULUM
If these take place outside school hours then parents will be expected to pay the whole cost of a pupil’s participation. Where they take place inside school hours then they will be open to all regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to pay. In these cases a voluntary contribution will be sought from parents but if these fail to cover the cost of the activity then it won’t take place.
PAYMENT FOR DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Parents will be expected to pay the replacement cost of school property which has been damaged by a pupil through negligence or malice.
SCHOOL FUNDS AND CASES OF HARDSHIP
Parents may support voluntarily the work of the school by sending in School Fund weekly. These funds may be used to support activities described above or for cases of hardship. Any surplus will be placed in the School Fund to support other activities. ALL activities should be available to ALL pupils and the Governors will try to help in cases of genuine hardship.