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Remissions Policy

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Supporting disadvantaged young people in Calderdale


At Calderdale Music, we are committed to giving every young person access to a high quality music education and to supporting eligible young people to develop their musical talent where possible. To support this aim we offer Ensemble Tuition Funding Awards to children who have a specific and demonstrable financial need that presents a barrier to participation.

All applications for financial help for students (including those in receipt of Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus funding) will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Eligible families must apply for help before joining an ensemble, as funding cannot be backdated or applied retrospectively.


Applications for Ensemble Tuition Funding Awards will be considered from children included in the following categories:

  1. Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM) as well as eligible children with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) pupils in these year groups.
  2. Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
  3. Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  4. Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or
  5. Parents of pupils in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
  6. Discretionary

If you do not meet the criteria set out in points 1-5 you are still able to apply for remission of fees under point 6, with proof of entitlement such as:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not eligible for Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more that £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

Discretionary Awards are offered for a limited time period of 1 term, at which point the application will be reviewed to consider whether further funding can be offered (awards are not automatically renewed).

If applications exceed the available funding, Calderdale Music will operate a waiting list for financial support, and we will contact the families when we can allocate financial support.

In- School Instrumental Tuition

Pupils eligible as stated in points 1-5 above may be able to access funds to cover the cost of instrumental in-school tuition. For children receiving instrumental tuition in school, it is responsibility of individual schools to ensure a remissions policy is in place to provide access to subsidised in-school instrumental tuition.

Instrument hire and charging

Instruments can be hired free of charge from Calderdale Music to any child eligible to a remission at stated in points 1-5 above, when receiving tuition with Calderdale Music.

Children Looked After

100% reduction in instrumental lessons and ensemble fees for referrals through the Virtual School for looked after children

Sibling discount

Families who do not fall into the above categories can still benefit from a 10% discount for siblings attending the same activity (e.g. both siblings attend are in the same ensemble) at our music centres.

Please note only one subsidised discount can be applied per applicant, up to a maximum of 10% remissions of ensemble fees (per pupil).

How to apply Families wishing to apply for remissions are asked to complete our remissions application form.

When you have completed and submitted the form, one of our team will be in touch to confirm your submission and request the necessary evidence.

Please note that all applications for remission will be treated in the strictest confidence

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