On occasion, it is necessary to ask for voluntary contributions from parents or carers to help enhance the education of their children. This charging is not statutory if the session is part of the following:

  • an admission application to any maintained school;
  • education provided during school hours (including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment);
  • education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;
  • tuition for pupils learning to play musical instruments if the tuition is required as part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;

Schools and local authorities can however charge for:

  • any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, where the child’s parent wishes him to own them;
  • optional extras (see below); and
  • music and vocal tuition, in limited circumstances

Optional Extras

Charges may be made for some activities that are known as “optional extras”.  Where an optional extra is being provided, a charge can be made for providing materials, books, instruments, or equipment. Optional extras are:

  • education provided outside of school time that is not:

        a) part of the National Curriculum;

        b) part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school; or

        c) part of religious education.

  • transport that is not required to take the pupil to school or to other premises where the local authority/governing body have arranged for the pupil to be provided with education; and
  • board and lodging for a pupil on a residential visit.

For further information on charging, please ask for the Blacklow Brow Charging Information Booklet. This document has been provided by the Department for Education and contains all information relating to what can be charged for and how charges are calculated.