Charging and remission
All schools are required to have a policy towards Charging and Remission for activities that take place in and out of school hours. Monksmead School operates the following policy:
a) It is proposed that where activities take place during school session time, parents will be invited to make voluntary contributions towards the total cost. Such activities would include swimming lessons, class outings, day visits and any group of visiting actors, musicians, etc. A pupil will not be debarred from taking part in the activity because the parents cannot or will not contribute, but the activity may not take place unless sufficient voluntary contributions are received to cover the cost.
b) Charges may be made for instrumental music tuition during school hours.
c) Parents whose children borrow school instruments may be asked to make a voluntary contribution towards their upkeep and repair.
d) For any activity that takes place outside school session time (e.g. theatre visit), charges will be levied as appropriate.
e) Charges for craft and cooking materials may be levied where parents have indicated they wish to own the finished article.
f) Voluntary contributions may be sought to cover miscellaneous expenses e.g. Christmas Parties.
The Governing Body of Monksmead School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards pupils' education.
The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
The governing body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:
Extended Hours Provision
This provision is charged in line with the Extended Hours Policy. All attendees pay to attend Breakfast and After School club.
Extra Curricular and School Clubs
Clubs and activities provided by third parties will be chargeable.
The school currently does not make its facilities available to outside users at a charge of at least the cost of providing the facilities. A Lettings Policy is currently under construction.
The Headteacher or Governing Body may levy charges for miscellaneous services up to the cost of providing such services, e.g. Photocopying
Charging for Breakages, damage or loss
Subject to the school recognising that accidental damage can occur, the school will seek to recover the costs incurred as a result of any item of school property being damaged, broken or lost as a result of misbehaviour, thoughtless behaviour or carelessness. Damage to books, equipment or fabric of the building is unacceptable and offenders are expected to make good the cost of such damage. Parents will be charged for wilful damage by their children, to school property. In the event of books being lost or damaged, parents/carers will be asked to replace or refund the total cost of each book.
In order to remove financial barriers from disadvantaged pupils, the governing body has agreed that some activities and visits where charges can legally be made will be offered at no charge or a reduced charge to parents in particular circumstances.
FRIENDS OF MONKSMEAD
Friends of Monksmead raise funds through the provision of community events and school activities for children. FOM charge children to attend Discos or other such entertainment. Children usually attend in sufficient numbers to ensure a profit is made which is then dedicated to providing additional resources for the school which this year has been allocated to new playground equipment .