Charging 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
Families who find themselves in financial difficulties and who are in receipt of income support, income based job seekers allowance, income related employment and support allowance, support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or are in receipt of 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 £16,190 (financial year 2014/2015) may apply to the Academy for financial support. Reference to the free school meal list is made and documentary proof (e.g. DSS letter) is required to validate claims.
Please see below for the full policy.