Charges for School Activities
Legislation allows schools to charge for certain activities, which take place both inside and outside, school hours. Norfolk County Council has adopted a policy, which it recommends to governors, but it is for governors of schools to decide whether or not to follow the policy. The School’s charging policy must be described in its brochure, which can be obtained from the school.
- Music tuition: individual tuition in playing a musical instrument, which is neither part of the syllabus for an approved public examination, nor part of the National Curriculum. Schools may charge for instrumental tuition given to groups of no more than four pupils.
- Ingredients and materials: ingredients and materials for practical subjects where parents have indicated in advance that they wish to receive the finished articles.
- Travel: the cost of travel when a pupil makes use of transport not provided by the authority or school, to travel direct from home to an activity approved of, but not provided by, the authority or school.
- Board and lodging: board and lodging will be charged in all cases where a school activity involves pupils in nights away from home.
Activities outside school hours
The full contribution to an activity will be refunded if a child is absent due to illness.
For extended schools activities a refund would only be given for a long period of absence due to a medical condition.
If a trip has to be cancelled parental contributions will be refunded.
If contributions to an activity exceed the total cost a refund will be given, if excess is over £1 per child.
Excess income less than £1 per child will be paid into school fund account.
Excess of expenditure will be funded by school fund or Parent and Friends Committee.