Legislation allows schools to charge for certain activities, which take place both inside and
outside school hours. The Governors of Redmoor Academy have agreed the activities and
materials for which parents will be charged:
• Music tuition: individual tuition in playing a musical instrument which is neither part of
the syllabus for an approved public examination, nor part of the curriculum;
• Ingredients and materials: ingredients and materials for practical subjects where
parents have indicated in advance that they wish to receive the finished articles;
• Travel: the cost of travel when a pupil makes use of transport not provided by the
authority or school, to travel direct from home to an activity approved of, but not
provided by, the authority or school;
• Peripatetic music lessons: Parents of pupils receiving peripatetic lessons are invoiced
a term in advance by the music teacher. Payment for lessons should be made in
advance and directly to them in order to enable pupils to receive their lessons;
• Board and lodging: board and lodging will be charged in all cases where a school
activity involves pupils in nights away from home.
Activities outside school hours
A charge will be made for all non-residential activities, which take place wholly or more than
50% outside school hours, where the child’s participation has been agreed in advance by the
parents. The charge will include the cost of travel, entrance fees, insurance, books,
equipment and any staff (teaching or non-teaching) engaged specifically for the activity.
Residential trips outside school hours – a residential trip is deemed to take place outside
school hours if the number of “missed” school sessions is equal or less than half of the
number of half days taken up by the trip. Charges will be made as described above.
Public Examinations – charges are made for the entry of a pupil for a prescribed examination
for which he/she has not been prepared by the school, or where the pupil entered for
examinations in the same subject with two examination boards.
Remission of charges – only parents who are in receipt of:
• Free School Meals are eligible for remission of charges. Remission of charges only applies to board and lodgings charges which are levied directly by the school and where they relate to activities deemed to take place wholly or partly in school hours.
When arranging an activity, the Governing Body may invite parents to apply in confidence for the remission of charges. Authorisation of remission will be made by the Principal in
consultation with the Chair of Governors.
Extract to appear in all letters regarding charging for activities:
I am obliged to point out that as the visit takes place in school hours, there is no legal
obligation for full contribution payments. Redmoor Academy may be able to help families in
receipt of Free School Meals. Please contact the School Business Manager who will explain
the procedure for requests for financial support, the School Business Manager is always
happy to discuss financial matters relating to trips. I must point out, however, that unless we
receive your support the visit may not proceed.
Parents who have difficulty meeting any charges should discuss the matter in confidence with the School Business Manager.
Remission will not apply to such charges when they relate to activities wholly outside school
hours, except if the activity is prescribed in a syllabus for a public examination, if it is
prescribed by the National Curriculum or fulfils duties relating to Religious Education.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the Health & Safety Policy covering school trips and visits.