Charging and Remissions policy
Issued: September 2022
Reviewed: September 2023
The Academy Governing Council recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, out of Academy trips, residential and experiences of other environments, can make towards students’ all round educational experience and their personal and social development. No compulsory charge will be made for activities during Academy hours that are part of the National Curriculum or religious education or that form an essential part of the syllabus for an approved examination.
Portland’s Academy Governing Council wishes to see the Curriculum enriched as far as possible for the benefit of all students. It recognises that whatever public funds and sponsors’ endowments are made available they will never be sufficient to fund all desirable activities at the required level.
Portland’s Academy Governing Council therefore reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the Academy:
1. i Academy trips and residential experiences in Academy time: the board and lodging element of the residential experience and outdoor pursuit courses;
2. ii 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;
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/carer of a student is in receipt of qualifying state benefit(s), the Academy Governing Council 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 Academy Governing Council may remit other charges in full or in part to other parents/carers after considering other specific hardship cases. The Academy Governing Council invites parents/carers to apply, in the strictest confidence, for the remission of charges in part or in full. The Headteacher will authorise remission in consultation with the Finance Manager for Wirral Hub.