CHARGES AND REMISSIONS POLICY
Charging for educational activities in LEA or grant-maintained schools is covered by SS 106 (as amended) 111 and 117 – 118 of the Education Reform Act 1988.
The basic principle is that education for registered pupils in maintained schools should be free of charge if it:
the midday break), or
examination, or is part of the National Curriculum, or part of the statutory religious
The only exceptions are:
six pupils in a musical instrument (but not vocal tuition), even if within school hours, except where it is part of the syllabus of a prescribed public examination or
part of the National Curriculum when it must be provided free.
grant-maintained school as an agent of an LEA under s.57(5) of the 1988 Act.
The charges to which the Act refers are, according to s.118, those levied by governing bodies or LEAs, but not other bodies, and which are payable by pupils or their parents. It permits charges for such activities as school book clubs or youth organisations which might be given access to the pupils via the school.
The following charges will therefore be made:-
(a) Board and Lodging Charges
where the board and lodging is directly provided by County Council through the
outdoor education centres, a daily charge reviewed annually will be made. In
other cases there shall be a charge equivalent to an apportionment of the charge.
(b) Instrumental Tuition
Charges shall be made for tuition, provided individually or to groups of four or
less, in a musical instrument.
(c) Hire of Musical Instruments for Home Practising
An annual charge may be made as a contribution to the cost of repairs and
(d) Other Cases
In all other cases where charges are permitted by section 109 of the 1988 Act for
activities wholly or mainly outside school hours, a charge equivalent to an
apportionment of the cost of the activity to the County Council may be made.
i) where pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit
go on residential trips in circumstances where section 109 of the 1988 Act would permit charges for board and lodging only, these charges shall be wholly remitted.
ii) where pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit
hire musical instruments the normal annual hiring charge shall be wholly
REVIEW OF CHARGES
The Finance Committee will review, on an annual basis, charges over which the Governing Body has discretion to levy.
Therefore, chargeable rates (e.g. private telephone calls, private photocopying, adult meals and lettings) will be reviewed in accordance with the Schools Scheme of Delegation.
Any decisions made should be reported to the next Full Governing Body Meeting who in turn should minute their acceptance of the review. The chargeable rates should be recorded in the minutes.
Music Tuition Charges for 2017
Charges for Standon Bowers:
Reviewed December 2016
To be reviewed December 2017