Fir Ends School's educational provision between the hours of 9:00 and 15:25 is provided free at the point of use. In addition to this, the school offers additional services which involve direct charges to parents.
The Governing Body manages the procedures for charged services through the Charging & Remissions Policy, which is updated at least annually.
The school aims to ensure that charged services are affordable, whilst also being sustainable.
Charged services are billed through ParentPay. To register your account for this service, contact the office.
Guidance on how to use ParentPay can be found on the newsletter archives page.
To assist parents with budgeting for access to charged services, current costs and estimates are detailed below.
Pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 receive free school meals, funded through the Universal Free Infant School Meals grant.
For pupils in Key Stage 2, the school charges a daily rate.
School lunches currently cost £2.30 per day.
This equates to:
£11.50 per week
approx. £138 per term (12 weeks)
£437 per year
Costs associated with meal provision are reviewed annually and may increase in line with rising costs
Parents eligible for some benefits may also be able to claim the Free School meals Grant (FSM).
Accessing FSM also generates increased Pupil Premium funding for the school, which can lead to reduced residential costs in KS2 for eligible pupils.
WOODWIND & BRASS LESSONS
The school arranges extra-curricular music lessons with an external provider (Mr Hemingway). Costs for the lessons themselves are £6.50 per lesson (approx. £234 per year on the basis of 36 lessons a year)
In addition, pupils must have access to an instrument.
These can be hired from Cumbria Music Hub, typically costing approx. £60-£90 per year, depending on instrument, or arranged on a hire-purchase basis through the school.
KEYBOARD & GUITAR
Pupils can also receive tuition in guitar or keyboard (piano) with Mr Draper. These lessons are provided directly through Mr Draper's business, and are invoiced direct to parents by him.
Our Nursery provision is offered at an hourly rate of £4.00 per hour.
Nursery Lunches are £1 per day in addition to any hourly costs.
Further details about our Nursery & Early Years class can be found here.
Fir Ends School provides wraparound childcare from 8:00 to 8:45 and 15:30 to 18:00.
Breakfast Club costs between £1 and £3 per day.
After School Club costs between 50p and £8.50 per day, depending on usage.
The costs for this are based on a nominal rate of £4 per hour and are detailed in full here.
Children under 5 receive free milk, and we subsidise the continuation of this for pupils that turn five during their Reception year.
Parents can arrange for pupils over 5 to receive a daily drink of milk via CoolMilk. This is a direct arrangement with the company, involving a direct debit.
Parents can register at www.Coolmilk.com
CURRICULUM TRIPS & VISITS
Fir Ends School encourages staff to arrange trips and visits to support the curriculum and to access sporting events. These typically involve significant transport costs in addition to per-pupil entry fees, and the charging policy details the contributions that may be requested from parents to assist with these costs.
Typically, the requested contribution will be £3, although some may involve higher costs.
Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding will have these costs subsidised by the school.
We arrange annual residential trips for pupils in years 4,5&6.
Year 4 attend RobinWood in Alston for a three-day residential, and costs for this are typically £140 to £150 per child.
Year 5&6 travel further afield for a five-day residential and costs will typically be around £300 - £315 per child.
Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium receive a subsidy of 50% against these costs.
Where there are siblings attending the same residential, a subsidy of 10% will be provided by the school.