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Charging for school activities

It is a statutory requirement that educational activities during the school day be provided without charge to parents, except in the case of the following:

  • Individual and group instrumental music lessons given by peripatetic teachers;
  • Those items made in design and technology lessons which parents have agreed to pay for and keep.

School visits where parents have agreed to make a voluntary contribution to the cost, subject to the following conditions:

  • Parents in receipt of income support or family credit are exempt;
  • Parents who find it difficult to make a contribution can be assisted by the school.

If all parents who could make a voluntary contribution do not do so, the activity may be cancelled unless the school has an alternative source of finance.