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Charging and Remissions Policy

Rationale

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

Context

The law states that education provided during school hours must be free. This definition includes materials, equipment and transport provided in school hours by the School. No pupil may be left out of an activity because their parents cannot or will not make a contribution of any kind.

Aims

  • To make school activities accessible to pupils regardless of family income.
  • To provide a process which allows activities to take place at a minimum cost to parents, pupils and the school and;
  • Which acknowledges the cost of such activities to the school’s budget.

Charges

The governing body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school: Residential Activities Taking Place Largely During School Hours; The full cost to each pupil of board and lodging. Parents have the right to claim free activities if they are in receipt of the following state benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under section VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996
  • Working tax credit and an annual income that does not exceed the published Inland Revenue threshold

Activities outside School Hours

The full cost to each pupil of all approved activities deemed to be optional extras that are not a necessary part of the national curriculum.

Individual Instrumental Tuition

The full cost to the pupil for providing any instrumental tuition if the cost is not an essential part of the national curriculum or examination syllabus.

Financial Assistance to Pupils

BIGS’s policy is to pay for activities and visits through parental contributions to the school. Obviously we cannot compel parents to pay towards this visit and we would certainly not treat a child differently according to whether or not a contribution was made. But if many parents opted not to pay &/or refused permission for their child to attend, we may have to cancel the project. We positively invite any parent who has difficulty in paying to let one of us know: we can usually help.

No pupil will be excluded from a school visit which is part of their curriculum or takes place in school time because they are unable to pay. If a pupil is eligible for the criteria to be in receipt of free school meals then, on request of the parent, the school will pay the cost of the visit. Where a letter from a parent requesting financial assistance is received an agreement needs to be reached with the parent. It may involve the School paying, an agreement for a partial payment, or deferred payment.

Voluntary Contributions

Voluntary contributions may be requested from parents to cover the cost of the following activities: Cost of materials, bus fares, entrance fees

General

The Governing Body may from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made. Nothing in this policy statement precludes the Governing Body from inviting parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of additional activities, which take place in school time. Parents may be advised that the continuance of an activity may depend upon voluntary contributions, but once it has been decided to run such an activity no qualifying child will be excluded on the grounds of voluntary contributions.