Charging Policy

Under the provision of the 1998 Education Act, schools cannot make a charge for any activity which takes place during school time. Parents are advised that any contribution is voluntary and that no child may be excluded from a visit because parents have not contributed. However, if insufficient contributions are received, the visit may need to be cancelled.

The Governing Body (Academy Trustees) reserve the right to charge and/or request a contribution in the following circumstances:

a) where a parent/carer wishes a child to learn a musical instrument a charge will be made;
b) where damage or loss is caused to Academy property of facilities as a result of a breech of the Code of Conduct or other negligence a contribution towards cost of repair or replacement will be requested;
c) where a student fails to return an item to the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) a contribution towards cost of repair or replacement will be requested;
d)  where a parent/career indicates that they would like an article from the Learning Resources Centre, a textbook or other curricular resource to be owned by themselves or their child a charge will be made for the item(s);
e) where a student fails to return a text book or other curricular resource which has been loaned to them a contribution towards cost of repair or replacement will be requested;
f) when a request is made for accreditation in a subject that is not part of the student’s Academy programme; when a request is made for a different type of accreditation to that advised by the Academy; when a student is entered for an examination but fails to sit it, unless the reason is acceptable to the Principal in line with examination board regulations; when a student wishes to re-sit a module or unit for the second time. Should the Academy agree to any of these requests a charge will be made (please refer to the Academy’s Examinations Policy).
 
Where a trip or visit is proposed which is not a compulsory part of the curriculum, parents/careers will each be invited to make a contribution to cover the costs involved. This will be on the understanding that if there is insufficient support the proposed trip or visit will not take place.
 
No student will be excluded from any trip or visit because of inability to pay providing it is a necessary part of the work of the Academy.