School Aim Statement
Coleshill Church of England Primary School & Nursery is a voluntary aided Church of England school. All staff and governors aim to make the school a place where Christian love and commitment are expressed in everyday life.
We aim therefore to provide a happy, caring, safe and stimulating school where everyone is valued and there is a high level of expectation.
All children have access to the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum, R.E. and the broader curriculum through a wide range of educational opportunities, enabling them to reach their full potential.
We encourage partnerships with parents, governors, the church and the local community.
Through these aims we hope that children will become active and responsible members of society.
Statement of Intent
The school recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards pupils' education. However, financial constraints often prevent the school from meeting any or all of these costs from the school budget. Where this is the case the school will invite parents or carers to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of additional activities which take place in school time. Parents will be advised at the planning stage if a particular activity can not take place without voluntary contributions, and where there are not enough voluntary contributions to make the activity possible and there is no way to make up the shortfall then the activity will be cancelled. However, once it has been decided to run such an activity no child will be excluded from the activity on the grounds of that their parents or carers can not, or will not make a contribution of any kind. Parents will only be asked to contribute to the cost of their child’s participation in the activity. There will be no element of subsidy for any shortfall that may occur.
The school may remit in full or in part the cost of activities for particular groups of parents or carers, for example, in the case of family hardship. When arranging a chargeable activity such parents or carers will be invited to discuss the position in confidence with the head teacher.
The school aims to make appropriate charges which enable and encourage the development of a wide range of enriching activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
The governing body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:
In-school activities provided by external agencies
From time to time services and activities are offered to the school by third parties, eg The Life Education Caravan. Where these services and activities are not provided free of charge to the school parents and carers will be invited to make voluntary contributions to meet costs.
For visits occurring during school time the school will invite a voluntary contribution from parents to meet costs. For visits outside school time parents will be charged for all allowable costs.
Parents will be charged for the full cost of the visit.
Any tuition provided during school hours is charged to parents and a charge may also made for the hire of the musical instruments used in individual (or small group) tuition. Further details of the costs are available from the school.
Equal Opportunities and Special Needs
In line with the special needs and equal opportunities policies of the school it will be necessary to:
- Provide work appropriately differentiated
- Provide contexts equally accessible to genders, races and cultures
- Be aware of specific learning disabilities e.g. hearing
Parents and carers will be advised at the planning stage of an activity if voluntary contributions are necessary to fund the activity and parents with financial difficulties will be invited to discuss their circumstances with the head teacher. All such discussions will be treated with confidence. No child will be excluded from an activity because a parent or carer can not or will not pay.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the governors.