When Making Payments to School
We offer parents the facility to make payments for trips and other activities via a secure internet payment system called TUCASI. Payment via this system includes parental consent for the pupil to attend the trip/event and alleviates the need to return a hard copy permission slip. Receipts are also issued by email. When making payments to school, parents are encouraged to use our online payments facility because:
- It is quick and easy to use.
- Payments can be made at any time (even when the school is closed) and balances viewed 24/7.
- You will have access to your own private account history at any time.
- There is no more searching for cash.
- It reduces the risk of cash and cheques being lost or stolen.
- All major credit/debit cards are accepted.
For further assistance in setting up your account, please contact the School’s Finance Office on 01942 747693 ext. 309.
Alternatively the School’s Cash Office (where we collect monies from pupils) will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays only between 8.30am and 9.00am and between 10.55am and 11.10am. The Cash Office will be closed at all other times and payments will not be accepted on any other days. This does not affect pupils bringing cash into school and using the pay loaders to top up their food accounts. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Peter’s Catholic High School’
Asking for Contributions from Parents:
There are cost implications for every trip/ event arranged by the School. Normally if this is part of the National Curriculum or part of the Syllabus for a prescribed public examination that pupils are being prepared for at the school, no charge shall be made. However the School may still ask parents for a voluntary contribution. There is no obligation to make a contribution and if a parent is unwilling or unable to pay, their child will still be given an equal chance to take part in these activities. There may also be a need to purchase additional resources to help with study. Again School may ask parents for a voluntary contribution. There is no obligation to make a contribution and if a parent is unwilling or unable to pay, their child will still be given an equal chance to take advantage of these resources.
For activities (mainly trips) which are not part of the National Curriculum (i.e. extra-curricular), parents can be asked for full payment towards these costs (i.e. travel, accommodation, tickets, etc.) These are ‘self-financing’ and may need to be cancelled if there are insufficient funds to cover all/ part of these costs.
Cases of financial hardship (i.e. low income families or pupils on free school meals) will be treated sympathetically and confidentially by the school. Usually if you are in receipt of one of the following; Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods), Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, The guarantee element of Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working Tax Credit run-on paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. If this applies to you please contact the School Finance Office or Event Organiser to discuss this further.