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1 Introduction

1.1 All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition.

2 Voluntary contributions

2.1 When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip. All contributions are voluntary. However, if we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may 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.
2.2 If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip or event, but is unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.
2.3 The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
• visits to museums;
• sporting activities which require transport expenses;
• outdoor adventure activities;
• visits to the theatre;
• school residential trips;
• musical events.

3 Music tuition

3.1 All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.

3.2 There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. We make a charge for these lessons. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.

4. Swimming

4.1 The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons. A contribution is asked for to help cover transport costs, though the school subsidises these costs and pays for the whole cost of the swimming lessons.

5. After-School Clubs

5.1 The school may charge for after school clubs. If a club is organised in order to prepare children for a school team eg football, netball then there will be no charge. However, if this is not the case, then a small contribution will be asked for in order to pay towards costs eg coaching/ tutor fees, resources, etc. We inform parents when these clubs are to take place and we ask for their written permission for their child to take part.

The School’s policy for charging and remissions has been compiled in accordance with the Authority’s guidance statement and a copy is available from the school office or on the school website.

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St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Smith Street


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