Charging & Remissions

School governing bodies and local authorities, cannot charge for:

  • an admission application to any state funded school – paragraph 1.9 (n) of the ‘School Admissions Code 2012’ rules out requests for financial contributions as any part of the admissions process;
  • 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 curriculum1, 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;
  • instrumental or vocal tuition, for pupils learning individually or in groups, unless the tuition is provided at the request of the pupil’s parent;
  • entry for a prescribed public examination, if the pupil has been prepared for it at the school; and
  • examination re-sit(s) if the pupil is being prepared for the re-sit(s) at the school. Schools and local authorities can charge for:
    • any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, where the child’s parent wishes him/her to own them;
    • optional extras (see page below);
    • music and vocal tuition, in limited circumstances;
    • certain early years provision;
    • community facilities.