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Holly Trees Primary School

Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, CM14 5RY, 01277 212296

Charging Refunds and Remissions Policies

Holly Trees Primary School Charging Refunds and Remissions Policy

Charging Refunds and Remissions Policy

Various activities are arranged during term time to enhance and enrich the curriculum. These cannot be met from school resources, so parents are invited to make a contribution.

It is the policy of the School Governors:

  • to levy a charge to parents for all board and lodging and other necessary costs of residential visits
  • to levy a charge to parents for activities wholly or mainly outside school hours, where appropriate
  • to request contributions from parents in respect of activities in school time, which are only feasible if sufficient funding is received (e.g. swimming)
  • that no child is ever excluded from an activity or treated differently because of his or her parents’ inability to contribute.
  • to levy a charge for photocopied documentation requested by parents, in line with the Freedom of Information Charging Policy

Paying for School Activities

Money for dinners, trips and swimming should be paid online.

If you need any help with paying online please contact the school office.

If it is necessary for children to bring personal money to school, it should be handed in to the school office for the duration of the day, not left in trays or bags. There should normally be no need for children to have personal money.

Educational Visits

Whenever possible, we try to arrange educational visits as part of class work. These help to provide inspiration, to reinforce or introduce ideas and they provide the children with experiences and resources not available or possible in the school. Parents are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of these trips as we would otherwise not be able to fund them.

School Pupil Premium Funding

Did you know that schools can receive up to £1320 funding for every child that resides in a low income household?

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 you can check your eligibility using the website  the website is secure and will ask for details including your name, national insurance number and date of birth. Once the application is completed online you and the school will be advised of the outcome and the school can access the additional funding.

It is important to note that no other parents or pupils will know you have been assessed and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. This is purely for additional school funding to support children’s learning.

Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application for Free School Meals for parents of these children. Therefore you should only apply for free school meals in the August of the year that your child is entering Year 3.

Pupils from Year 3 to 6 – Free School Meals 

Entitlement to free school meals is based on the family receiving one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

If you’re entitled to one of the above benefits or have an equivalent low-income, please complete the online application form here