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Parental Assistance

We believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’/carers’ financial means. We will do our best to ensure a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.

Free School Meals

Please see information about Free School Meals on the HertsDirect website.

Stevenage Food Bank

The Stevenage Community Food Bank has been set up to provide a safety net for Stevenage residents who find themselves in sudden financial crisis. The Food Bank provides nutritious food for a 3 week period. Customers can have a maximum of 3 vouchers per year (9 weeks of food). The Food Bank works with various agencies such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Stevenage Homes who can help to assess the person’s needs after which a voucher is issued.

If you would like further information we can discuss this with you on a confidential basis. Alternatively contact www.stevenagecommunityfoodbank.org.uk for more information.

Charging and Remissions

Following the recommendations of the Education Committee, the Governors have adopted the following policy

Optional Extras

Section 106 of the Education Reform Act (1988) confirms the principle that education provided by any maintained school for its registered pupils should be free of charge if it takes place during school hours.

Where education is provided for registered pupils outside school hours, and subject to certain conditions, such education is defined by section 109 of the Act as an “optional extra” and charges may be made. This applies to after school clubs run by external providers.

Remissions

A remissions policy operates for parents in receipt of Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Disabled Persons Tax Credit or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance via CSF. Please contact the office for further details.

Voluntary Contributions

The existence of policies on charging and remission of charges does not prohibit voluntary contributions being sought for the benefit of any school activity. There is no obligation to contribute, and pupils will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made a contribution, but an activity will only go ahead if sufficient funds are raised, through voluntary contributions, to support it. Swimming and day visits are examples of where voluntary contributions are requested.

Replacement of lost Library/Reading Books – £3.50

Although instrumental lessons are within school time, we are entitled to pass on the full cost to parents. For pupils in receipt of free school meals, instrumental lessons cost a minimum of £20 termly from Year 2 onwards.