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Beckfield Charging and Remissions policy

Charging and Remissions Policy 2023-2024

Policy created: October 2022                                

Review date: October 2023

To be reviewed: October 2024

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Co-op Academies Trust Charges and Remissions Policy. Outlined below are the individual Academy charges and remissions for Co-op Academy Beckfield, which are in line with the Trusts policy: Charges and Remissions - Co-op Academies

The Education Act 1996 prohibits a school from charging students/parents for activities carried out as part of the normal school curriculum. There are, however, certain ‘borderline’ areas where the policy of the school needs explaining:

Activity that may be charged for


Breakfast and after-school provision

These sessions run before and after school and are chargeable for families who wish to use them. This is so that staffing, food and drink can be provided.

Charges will be made for the board and lodging component of residential trips.

The charge will not exceed the actual cost and where possible the academy seeks to source additional funding to reduce these costs for families.

Day Visits / Trips

Requests for voluntary contributions will be made to ensure that a variety of trips can take place.

Charges will/may be made for any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, which is related to an after school club and the parent wishes their child to own them.

For example, Cooking club, where the children take food home to share.

Extended sessions / child care in the Nursery

Some children are funded for part of the week. Parents who wish for their child to stay for longer hours in Nursery, will be charged for additional hours.

There are circumstances where these charges will not be made, as follows:

  • where charging would cause further financial hardship to families;
  • where the activity has been recommended by school;
  • where the activity is done as part of safeguarding or attendance procedures;
  • where exclusion from the activity would cause potential distress to a child or put them at a disadvantage;
  • where a child is the child of a member of staff who has been asked to work beyond their normal hours;
  • where attendance at an activity is mandatory.