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'The William Ransom School aims to provide all its pupils with the highest possible educational opportunities. We believe that the best education is the entitlement of every child and this is realised at this School within a structured, disciplined, caring and safe environment where expectations are high.'
 





 
 
4 Sep 2019

Charging and Remissions Policy

Charging and Remissions

Mission Statement

The William Ransom School aims to provide all its pupils with the highest possible educational opportunities.  We believe that the best education is the entitlement of every child and this is realised at this School within a structured, disciplined, caring and safe environment where expectations are high.

Purpose

We believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’/carers’ financial means. This charging and remissions policy describes how we will do our best to ensure a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.

Whilst no charges will be made for:

• education provided during school hours (including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment)

• education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of the school’s basic curriculum for religious education

• tuition for pupils learning to play musical instruments (or singing) if the tuition is required as part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school

• education provided on any trip that takes place during school hours

• education provided on any trip that takes place outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of the school’s basic curriculum for religious education

A voluntary contribution will be sought for specific activities.

Activities for which charges may be made:

Charges will/may be made for any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, where a parent wishes their child to own them

Charges will/may be made for music tuition

Charges will be made for the board and lodging component of residential trips

Voluntary Contributions

In order to assist with the cost of trips and to enable a wide selection of activities being offered, parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to help cover the cost of the trip. If a parent is unable to, or refuses to pay, the child concerned will not be penalised.

We also ask for a voluntary contribution to cover the costs associated with swimming. The School recognises that this is part of the National Curriculum but is not in the financial position to afford to pay for all pupils to go swimming.

Therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of admission to the pool and for the required instructors. Currently it has been agreed by the governing body that the school will cover the cost of the coach. This type of expenditure will be reviewed annually.

Families qualifying for remission or help with charges

There are some activities, such as peripatetic music lessons and cycle training which can be accessed by parents at a reduced fee if they are in particular circumstances. This is often linked to Pupil Premium Grants (PPG) and all families are asked to register for PPG before discussing remission of fees with the school.

Additional considerations

The governing body recognises its responsibility to ensure that the offer of activities and educational visits does not place an unnecessary burden on family finances. To this end we will try to adhere to the following guidelines:

• where possible we shall publish a list of visits at the beginning of the school year so that parents/carers can plan ahead

• we have established a system for parents/carers to pay in instalments

• when an opportunity for a trip arises at short notice it will be possible to arrange to pay by instalments beyond the date of the trip

• To help reduce the burden on home and school finances the school will assist parents in applying for financial support of some school activities from local charities and educational funding groups.  

• All parents are encouraged to talk to the Headteacher about financial concerns regarding a school activity as soon as possible. All conversations remain strictly confidential.

Reviewed: Autumn 2018
Next review: Autumn 2021

Click HERE to download the Charging and Remissions Policy as a pdf document.




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