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Charging Policy

All students are entitled to full access to the compulsory school curriculum, regardless of parents’ capacity to pay. No student will be disadvantaged due to financial hardship. Therefore, no charge is normally made for any educational activity which takes place during school hours. However, there are some exceptions:


1. Academy trips and residentials in academy time: the transport, board and lodging element of the residential experience and outdoor pursuit courses;
2. Activities outside academy hours: the full cost for each student of journeys, trips and overnight stays in the United Kingdom and abroad which take place at weekends and during holidays, which are deemed to be optional extras;
3. Materials: the cost of materials or ingredients for design and technology and food technology, if parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the final product;
4. Acts of vandalism and negligence: the Governing Body reserves the right to recover part, or the whole cost, of damage to buildings or equipment which is the result of vandalism or negligence by a student;
5. Examination fees: if a student has not regularly attended the lessons for a particular examination subject, the examination fee may be requested in advance, refundable if the student attends for examination.
  If, without a medical certificate explaining the reason, a student fails to complete examination requirements for any public examination for which the Academy has paid an entry fee, the Governing Body may seek to recover the fee from the parent.
  There may be a charge for examination entry where there is a request from the parent for additional subject entries to be made which are not supported by the Academy.

Where the parent of a student is in receipt of qualifying state benefit(s), the Governing Body will remit in full the cost of board and lodging for any residential activity that is organised for the student and which takes place within Academy time. This will also be the case where the residential activity forms part of the syllabus for a public examination.

The Governing Body may remit charges in full or in part to other parents after considering other specific hardship cases. The Governing Body invites parents to apply to their child’s Head of Year, in the strictest of confidence, for the remission of charges in part or in full. The Principal will authorise remission in consultation with the Chair of Governors.