Spaxton School Policy Documents
| Our SEN policy is under review to take account of the changes in legislation and Somerset's response to the new Code of Practice including EHC plans and SEND reforms.|
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|School Charging Policy|
| The Education Reform Act 1988 introduced regulations on charging for school activities and states the objectives of a schools charging policy should be as follows:-|
a) To continue the right of free school education;
b) To establish that activities taking place wholly or mainly during normal teaching time to be available to all pupils regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to pay;
c) To emphasise that there is no requirement to charge but to give schools the discretion to charge for optional extras wholly or mainly out of school hours;
d) To invite voluntary contributions in support of any activity arranged by the school.
When may charges be made?
The basic principle behind the Act is that Education provided wholly or mainly during school hours should be free of charge. There are three possible exceptions to this rule:-
a) Parents may be charged for ingredients or materials in practical subjects if they have indicated that they wish to keep the finished product;
b) Parents may be charged for individual instrumental music tuition (unless it is part of a prescribed examination or the National Curriculum);
c) Parents may be charged for board and lodgings as part of a residential activity (inside or outside school hours).
In these three cases mentioned above we may make a direct charge or levy on the parents.
Voluntary contributions may come about in three ways:
a) By inviting specific contributions for each particular activity as it takes place;
b) By inviting a general contribution for a range of activities notified to parents at the beginning of each term or year;
c) By receiving contributions from the PTFA on an annual basis and using these to subsidise activities.
If we invite contribution in the first two categories we will notify parents before the activity takes place and that the contribution is voluntary and that there is no legal obligation to pay.
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Spaxton Church of England School
Telephone: 01278 671409
Fax: 01278 671853
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Emergency Closure Procedures:
We do endeavour to keep the school open but in the case of severe weather, where it would be too dangerous for staff to be travelling in, we may need to close the school. If the school is to be closed you will be notified by text (about 7 am) and the information will be given out via the local radio and on the Somerset Learning Platform via Somerset County Council website. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile number. We will not be able to phone parents via land lines.