St William of York School wishes to provide for all pupils the best educational opportunities available within the budget allocated by Lewisham Education Authority.
The law states that education during normal school hours is to be free of any compulsory charge to parents and the school warmly endorses that principle. It is recognised however, that many valuable educational activities are dependent on financial contributions from parents. Without this additional financial support the school would find it impossible to maintain the quality and breadth of the curriculum provided for pupils. The school’s concern is to keep financial contribution to a minimum and to ensure as far as possible that all children are able to take part, irrespective of their circumstances.
The law recognises that charges may be made to parents in certain defined circumstances, provided that the school has identified the activities for which charges will be made and has explained the basis on which charges may be reduced or waived for certain pupils.