Education at Stourfield is free but there are some ‘extras’ for which we, unfortunately, have to ask for payment:
In order to bring our teaching ‘alive’ and to motivate our children, we try to arrange appropriate day visits to places of interest. These involve transport costs and entrance fees that we are unable to meet from normal funds and we therefore have to ask for voluntary contributions from parents. It is school policy that no child is ever excluded from a day visit through inability to pay.
We have a tradition at Stourfield of providing our Year 6 and Year 4 children with the opportunity of working away from school while staying in a residential centre. We make every effort to ensure that no child is excluded from a residential visit by the inability to pay but the larger sums of money involved means that we are not always able to find the funds to support the full cost for such children.
Although all books and paper will be provided, we do ask that your child comes to school with appropriate writing equipment and a ruler. A glue stick is also useful. Stationery items can be purchased from the school council shop on the playground during lunch time on Wednesday lunchtime from 12.35–1.00pm. We do ask that your child brings no more than £1 to school for any purchases. A price list is displayed in every entrance to the school.
The school offers children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in a group under the tuition of a visiting teacher from Bournemouth Academy of Music (BAM). These lessons are provided under the terms of the school’s Instrumental Lessons Policy. There is a termly charge payable in advance which is reviewed annually and stands at £57.50.
The school is extremely fortunate to have the use of a covered heated swimming pool. We are able to swim all the year round and this skill has a high priority in our Physical Education curriculum in Year 3 and 4. We ask parents to ensure that children swim every week during these times, and, if they are unable to do so at any time, to let us know in writing. It costs an enormous amount to keep the pool running and we ask all parents for a voluntary contribution of £2 for each session that their child swims. Since the school receives no grant from the government or local authority, these contributions are essential if the pool is to stay open.