Dania School Charging and Remissions Policy

Created: March 2015

Reviewed & approved by Board: 26th April 2017

Next Review: April 2018

 

  1. Admissions

There is no charge for admissions.

 

  1. Public examinations
  • There is no charge for examinations that are part of the curriculum and on the school’s set examinations list, where children have been prepared for the examinations by the school. However, if the pupil fails without good reason to meet an examination requirement, the school may recover the fee incurred from that pupil’s parents.
  • There is no charge for examinations that are not on the set list, but have been arranged by the school.
  • There is a charge of the examination entry fee(s) if the registered pupil has not been prepared for the examination(s) at the school (see Optional extras under section 5)

 

  1. Activities that take place during school hours (this does not include the break in the middle of the school day)
  • There is no charge for activities during school hours with the exception of music tuition (section 8).
  • There is no charge for transport during school hours to school-organised activities.

 

We may charge for:

  • books and materials that the parent wishes the child to keep (the cost will be made clear to the parents before charge)
  • optional extras (section 5)
  • music or vocal tuition (section 8).

                       

  1. Activities that take place outside of school hours (non-residential)

There is no charge for activities that take place outside of school hours when they are:

  • part of the set curriculum, including sports matches against other schools
  • part of the syllabus for a public examination that the pupil is being prepared for by the school

 


Optional extras

The school will charge for optional extras. Optional extras are:

  • education provided outside of school time that is not:
  1. a) part of the National Curriculum
  2. b) part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school
  3. c) part of religious education
  • examination entry fee(s) if the registered pupil has not been prepared for the examination(s) at the school
  • transport that is not taking the pupil to school or to other premises where the Board has arranged for the pupil to be provided with education.
  • board and lodging for a pupil on a residential visit
  • Afterschool clubs
  • Holiday fun clubs
  • Extra tuition, e.g. for English or Danish language, as deemed necessary by the Headteacher.

 

 

The cost of optional extras

The Headteacher will decide when it is necessary to charge for optional activities, and the levels of charge will be set annually by the Headteacher on the recommendation of the Board. The charges, when determined, will be published on the school’s website and appended to this policy.

 

Any charge made in respect of individual pupils will not exceed the actual cost of providing the optional extra activity, divided equally by the number of pupils participating. In no circumstances will there be an element of subsidy required for any pupils wishing to participate in the activity whose parents are unwilling or unable to pay the full charge (section 12).

 

When calculating the cost of optional extras an amount may be included in relation to:

  • any materials, books, instruments or equipment provided in connection with the optional extra
  • non-teaching staff
  • teaching staff engaged under contracts for services purely to provide an optional extra, including supply teachers engaged specifically to provide the optional extra
  • the cost or a proportion of the costs, for teaching staff employed to provide tuition in playing a musical instrument, where the tuition is an optional extra.

 

Participation in any optional extra activity will be on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to pay the charges. The school will need to have the agreement of parents before organising the provision of an optional extra where charges will be made.

 


  1. Activities that take place partly during school hours either on or off site

Where the majority of a non-residential activity takes place during school hours the charging of the activity will be the same as is outlined in section 4.

Travelling time is included in time spent on activity.

In cases where the majority of a non-residential activity takes place outside of school hours the charge cannot include the cost of alternative provision for those pupils who do not wish to participate. So no charge can be made for supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a visit.

In this case the charging of the activity will be the same as is outlined in section 4.

  1. Residential activities

 

Our school will not charge for:

  • education provided on any visit that takes place during school hours
  • education provided on any visit that takes place outside school hours if it is part of the National 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
  • supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a residential visit
  • travel costs where the residential activity is classed as being within school hours
  • residential activities that take place during school hours.

 

Our school will charge for:

  • Board and lodging

Board and lodging when any visit has been organised by the school where there may be a cost for board and lodging, parents will be informed of this before the visit takes place. We will charge anything up to the full cost of board and lodging on residential visits, whether it is classified as taking place during school hours or not. The charge will not exceed the actual cost

  • Travel
    Travel charges may apply when the residential activity takes place outside of school hours. The amount charged will be calculated to cover the unit cost per pupil. These charges may not apply to those pupils entitled to remissions, but no other pupils will be charged extra to cover those costs.
  • Activities
    The school may charge for residential activities that fall outside of school hours (see section 5).


  1. Music tuition within school hours

Dania School follows government legislation that states that all education provided during school hours is included in the cost of the annual school fee; however, music lessons are an exception to this rule.

Charges will be made if the teaching is not an essential part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus being followed by the pupil(s), or the first access to the Key Stage 2 Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Programme (Wider Opportunities).

The school may charge for teaching requested by parents and delivered by specialist tutors given to either an individual pupil or groups of any appropriate size (provided that the size of the group is based on sound pedagogical principles) to play a musical instrument or to sing. The cost of these lessons may depend on the size and duration of the class as well as the type of instrument.

The school will not charge if the music tuition is part of the National Curriculum or public examination syllabus being followed by the student. Instruments may be charged for. Music books and exam fees are not charged.

  1. Extended services

Dania School is dedicated to providing a well-rounded and extensive education for our students which includes a wide range of extra-curricular activities (extended services). Extended services enable our school to provide:

  • high-quality learning opportunities either side of the school day
  • ways of intervening early when children are at risk of poor outcomes, e.g. by providing access to study support, parenting support or to more specialist services (such as health, social care or special educational needs services)
  • ways of increasing pupil engagement
  • ways of improving outcomes and narrowing gaps in outcomes between different groups of pupils.
  • Extended services include breakfast club, afterschool club, and extra tuition sessions. These will be charged for.

The total charge will not exceed the cost of providing the activity and no parent will be asked to subsidise others.

  1. Damage to property and breakages

Where school property has been wilfully damaged by a student or parent the school may charge those responsible for some or all of the cost of repair or replacement. Where property belonging to a third party has been damaged by a pupil, and the school has been charged, the school may charge some or all of the cost to those responsible. Whether or not these charges will be made will be decided by the headmaster and dependent on the situation.

 


  1. Remissions and concessions

The school will give consideration to the remission of charges to parents or carers who receive the following support payments:

  • Fees subsidy to Dania School

The Headteacher and chair of governors will authorise the remission of charges. The school may choose to subsidise part or all of the payment of some charges for certain activities and pupils, and this will be determined by the governing body and Headteacher.

 

  1. Voluntary contributions

Dania School may ask for voluntary contributions to the school for general funds and/or to fund activities that will enrich our pupils’ education. In any case where an activity cannot be afforded without voluntary funding, this will be made clear to the parents by the school. If the activity is cancelled all monies paid will be returned to parents. There is no obligation for a parent or carer to make any contribution and the school will in no way pressure parents to make a contribution.

 

  1. Inability or unwillingness to pay

Dania School is committed to ensuring fair access and treatment of all pupils, and this means ensuring that no child is excluded from an activity because the parents or carers of that child are unwilling or unable to pay. If there is insufficient funding for an activity, then it will be cancelled.

The identity of the child or parents of the child who did not want to make the payment, or could not make the payment, will not be disclosed under any circumstances.

  1. IPads

Dania School uses IPads for much of the learning in School. This is an additional cost over and above the school tuition fee. The cost is £350 and this includes the Griffin Protection Case and installation of school education software. This is a non-refundable fee. When a pupil leaves the school, there is the opportunity to buy the IPad and case for an additional £100. However the licensed education software, and any other confidential school material, will be removed prior to release of the IPad.

Equal Opportunities

At Dania School we also recognise the importance of the Equality Act 2010. This replaced and unified all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It aims to ensure that all people (pupils/teachers/parents/family/visitors etc) have equality of opportunity in accessing and experiencing the life of the school. When carrying out our day to day work, we should have regard to the following:

  • eliminating discrimination
  • advancing equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations across all people, whatever their characteristics may be

 

Written by Mike Papesch March 2015. Revised March 2016

This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of Dania School Date for review
26/04/17   April 2018