This policy is to be read and used in conjunction with the IOM Equality Act.
To clarify and reassure parents of issues concerning incurring cost.
- All the education we provide during normal school hours is at no charge to pupils with the exception of individual or small group music costs.
- When organising non residential school trips or visits to enrich the curriculum and the educational experience of the children, the schools may invite parents to contribute to the cost. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may have to cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.
- FAnS generously supports the participation in trips for the children through significant contributions therefore reducing as far as possible the cost of a trip.
- To augment the curriculum additional activities are organised by the teaching staff, and, although we generally try to cover the cost through donations to School Fund and from FAnS, sometimes these will require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as 'optional extras' e.g. visits to museums; outdoor adventure activities; visits to or by a theatre company.
Andreas School does organise residential trips for Year 6 pupils.
These are optional. They do incur costs and therefore a charge is made. Parents with any financial concerns can speak to the Headteacher if they wish to request support or an altered payment plan.
If books or school equipment is damaged while at home we do ask parents to contribute towards the cost of a replacement.
All children participate in musical activities as part of the normal school learning programme.
However, additional lessons are led by a Department’s peripatetic music teachers for some children. Occasionally, other qualified, DBS checked music teachers provide instrument lessons. For these lessons a charge is made. For DESC lessons, consideration is given to those on benefits.
The Governors and Management Team monitor and review of this policy regularly in line with the DESC Charging Policy.
Policy date: March 2018 March 2019
Review Date March 2020
Reviewed October 2021
Review January 2024