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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

Charges and Remissions

The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards pupils’ education and 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.

Under the terms of the Education Act 1996 Meadowhead School Academy Trust must have a policy on charging students to participate in school activities. By law students may not be charged for taking part in activities that take place during the school day. Parents may be asked for voluntary contributions but if they are unable to contribute their child should not be prevented from participating should the activity go ahead.

In any request for voluntary payments it must be clear from the terms in which it is made that:

  • There is no obligation to make any contribution and
  • That pupils will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have contributed towards the planned activity

Charging:

In conformity with the requirements of the Education Act 1996, it is the policy of Meadowhead School Governing Body that Meadowhead School reserves the right to charge for:-

  • Provision of education Instrument tuition
  • Musical instrument
  • Practical subject charge
  • Public examinations
  • Visits during school hours
  • Residential visits
  • Optional extra visits
  • Damage to school property

(see policy at the foot of this page for full details)

 

Remissions:

Families who find themselves in financial difficulties and who are in receipt of:

  • Income support
  • income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit provided that Working Tax Credit is not also received and that the family’s income (as assessed by HMRC) does not exceed £16,480
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided your family annual income does not exceed £16,480) may apply to the Academy for financial support. Reference to the free school meal list is made and documentary proof is required to validate claims.

Third Party Lettings / Use of Facilities

The Governors are keen to promote the use of the facilities by the community but recognise that this must be at no cost to the school. All lettings within the schools’ access session times (7.00am – 6.00pm) will therefore only be agreed when the facilities are not needed for school purposes.

(see policy at the foot of this page for full details)