The purpose of the policy is to ensure that there is clarity over those items which the school will provide free of charge and those for which a charge will be levied. It will also outline what remissions will be implemented and the circumstances under which voluntary contributions will be requested from parents.
The Transition Management Board is responsible for determining the content of the policy. The Principal is responsible for the implementation of the policy and will ensure that members of staff are familiar with and correctly apply the policy. Any determination with respect to individual parents will be considered by the Principal and Transition Management Board.
The Transition Management Board recognises that the Trust’s Master Funding Agreement commits the school to follow the provisions of Sections 402, 450-457 and 459-462 of the Education Act 1996, which prohibit charges for the following:
- 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 curriculum, or prepared for at the school, or part of religious education
- Tuition for pupils learning to play musical instruments if the tuition is required as part of the curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education
- Entry for a prescribed public examination, if the pupil has been prepared for it at the school
- Examination re-sit(s) if the pupil is being prepared for the re-sit(s) at the school
- Education that takes place on any trip during school hours
- Education provided on any trip that takes place outside school hours if it is part of the curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education
- Transporting registered pupils to and from the school premises, where the Local Authority has a statutory obligation to provide transport
In short there will be no charge for any activity that is an essential part of the curriculum, forms part of religious education, or is a public examination syllabus being followed by the students at Netherwood Academy.