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wilma-bride
05-18-2009, 12:36 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have had to pay an administration fee to the school in order to get their child's exam results and/or certificates.

The reason I am asking is that DD's school has sent home a form asking whether she will be collecting her results in person or wants them posted. The form mentions an admin charge of 2 which I assumed was to cover postage if you couldn't collect them in person. She has filled the form in to say she will collect and her tutor has told her she still has to pay the 2 admin fee. Just wondered if anyone else has had this/can shed some light on what 'admin' could possibly be involved :confused3

natalielongstaff
05-18-2009, 12:39 PM
That sounds like a bit of a cheek hun !!!

jen_uk
05-18-2009, 12:42 PM
We don't have that at our college, all fees that do have to be paid are paid at the start, sounds like they are trying to make some money :confused3

wideeyes
05-18-2009, 12:44 PM
I have never heard that before my sister did A levels last year and GCSE two years ago and only had to give a stamp address envelope if you wanted them sent out.

joolz1910
05-18-2009, 12:53 PM
That is a bit tight, isn't it? SAE at our school too. How can the school charge for the students to pick up their results? I know that our presence on 'results day' is voluntary - perhaps that is what it's all about - that 2 is part of a whip-round to get someone to hand out the results.:rotfl:

wilma-bride
05-18-2009, 12:57 PM
That is a bit tight, isn't it? SAE at our school too. How can the school charge for the students to pick up their results? I know that our presence on 'results day' is voluntary - perhaps that is what it's all about - that 2 is part of a whip-round to get someone to hand out the results.:rotfl:


Do you know, I wouldn't be at all surprised given that she's also received a letter asking for a 1 contribution to a present for their head of year as an 'end of year' gift. There's 180 students in her year, if they all give 1 that's some gift :rolleyes:

That's also on top of the 1 she needs for her tutor's 'end of year gift', the 15 for the yearbook, the 30 for the Prom ticket, 22 for the end of year trip to Thorpe Park - the list is endless...

maggs
05-18-2009, 01:08 PM
It seems more than a bit cheeky to me. My fourth did his GCSEs last year and is dong his AS's this year. I have never been asked for or even paid a fee. Is it legal? :eek:

Maggs

mandymouse
05-18-2009, 01:15 PM
Blooming 'eck, what a cheek. I've just checked the booklet Becky brought home, and there's a form to fill in to say whether she wants them sent home or if someone is going to collect them (if she can't pick them up herself). Nothing about admin fees or even an SAE

Thankfully, there's no school trip and her prom ticket was only 20 quid

joolz1910
05-18-2009, 01:22 PM
Do you know, I wouldn't be at all surprised given that she's also received a letter asking for a 1 contribution to a present for their head of year as an 'end of year' gift. There's 180 students in her year, if they all give 1 that's some gift :rolleyes:

That's also on top of the 1 she needs for her tutor's 'end of year gift', the 15 for the yearbook, the 30 for the Prom ticket, 22 for the end of year trip to Thorpe Park - the list is endless...

:scared1:
Leaving school was never this expensive in my day. I don't like the idea of being asked for a voluntary contribution for 'end of year gifts'. I wouldn't like to be the recipient of one either - it doesn't seem right. Our sixth form have also ordered school leavers' hoodies at 25 a throw.

We were invited to the Leavers' Ball so that they had staff members there to 'police' things and also the venue had stipulated this as part of the conditions of booking. Inside the 'invitation' was the details of how to pay for our 26 tickets...

Gaynor
05-18-2009, 01:36 PM
My DD sat her GCSE's last year and we didn't have to pay any fees admin or otherwise and to ask for contributions for end of year gifts is just downright cheeky :eek:

Lizzy Lemon
05-18-2009, 02:34 PM
Just had to fill in a form saying whether they would be picked up or not. DS not happy about going into school during the hols but I told him he would be going as I didn't want them to go missing in the post. Bloomin' cheek asking for all that money from you.

Just to add Good Luck to teenagers and parents going through the exams at the moment. DS was pleased with his performance in the maths one this afternoon although when he tried to explain some of the questions I quickly glazed over, put it like this I don't think I would pass it!!!

tennisfan
05-18-2009, 02:56 PM
I have never heard that before my sister did A levels last year and GCSE two years ago and only had to give a stamp address envelope if you wanted them sent out.

Thats all my old school asked for

Dimplenose
05-18-2009, 03:39 PM
I've only ever had to pay for resits, never for the certificate. What if you don't pay? Would the school really with hold the certificate and risk their ex-pupil's chance at getting a job or university place?

2 is not a lot but this would make me really cross.

Chilly
05-18-2009, 04:02 PM
Nope I never had to pay anything. Donations for end of year presents what a cheek!

wilma-bride
05-18-2009, 04:55 PM
I've only ever had to pay for resits, never for the certificate. What if you don't pay? Would the school really with hold the certificate and risk their ex-pupil's chance at getting a job or university place?

2 is not a lot but this would make me really cross.

I suppose I will find out soon enough Libby as I've written a letter telling them that I have no intention of paying unless they can justify the admin costs that the 2 will cover ;)

Cyrano
05-18-2009, 04:56 PM
I agree with others while the amount is insignificant this appears just to be the start of charging for items that you would expect rightly to be provided.
Tell them you are not paying :thumbsup2

CustardTart
05-18-2009, 06:15 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have had to pay an administration fee to the school in order to get their child's exam results and/or certificates.

The reason I am asking is that DD's school has sent home a form asking whether she will be collecting her results in person or wants them posted. The form mentions an admin charge of 2 which I assumed was to cover postage if you couldn't collect them in person. She has filled the form in to say she will collect and her tutor has told her she still has to pay the 2 admin fee. Just wondered if anyone else has had this/can shed some light on what 'admin' could possibly be involved :confused3
How bizarre! DS won't be collecting his results on the day but they'll be emailed initially and he'll get written confirmation in the post - no charge... Admin fee for what exactly...? :confused3

wicket2005
05-19-2009, 03:00 AM
We were only requested to pay postage costs if we could not collect the results in person for GCSEs, AS and A2 levels.

I think the school has a cheek asking for money for a present for the Head it should be voluntary and at what level the parent wants.

aaronandterri
05-19-2009, 11:14 AM
Do you know, I wouldn't be at all surprised given that she's also received a letter asking for a 1 contribution to a present for their head of year as an 'end of year' gift. There's 180 students in her year, if they all give 1 that's some gift :rolleyes:

That's also on top of the 1 she needs for her tutor's 'end of year gift', the 15 for the yearbook, the 30 for the Prom ticket, 22 for the end of year trip to Thorpe Park - the list is endless...

thorpe park was 25 for us!!
they also charge 2 admin at ds school.

hildasmuriel
05-21-2009, 04:28 PM
No admin charge at my son's school.

Also their leaver hoodies (with all their names on in the shape of "09") was only 11.

jjk
05-21-2009, 04:34 PM
we havent been charged any admin fee at my sons school

wilma-bride
05-22-2009, 04:47 AM
Wel, having written to the school to ask them to justify the costs, Sian's form came home with a sticky note saying 'Please return with 2 admin costs to cover posting of certificates'. I'm still not convinced as she is returning ot the school in September for 6th form. However, I sent in a chq for 45 to cover prom, yearbook and admin costs only for them to reject my cheque because, apparently, the 2 needs to go into a different account so needs to be a separate payment - that school is really starting to get on my nerves :rolleyes:

Lizzy Lemon
05-22-2009, 09:14 AM
Send the 2 in in pennies as a protest!

Chilly
05-22-2009, 09:19 AM
Send the 2 in in pennies as a protest!

Oh I like it ;)

mark&sue
05-22-2009, 09:25 AM
Kirsty is off to Thorpe Park with the school as their end of year trip and they are charging 34.50. I now think her school must be making on this too!!! It must be catching. We definately don't live that far from Thorpe Park because even I can drive there and I don't drive hardly anywhere nowdays!!!

Hope they all have a great time and wish I was going with them.



Susan

higgy66
05-22-2009, 09:39 AM
Kirsty is off to Thorpe Park with the school as their end of year trip and they are charging 34.50. I now think her school must be making on this too!!! It must be catching. We definately don't live that far from Thorpe Park because even I can drive there and I don't drive hardly anywhere nowdays!!!

Hope they all have a great time and wish I was going with them.



Susan

I would question this because I know the school my DDs go to are quite open with parents regarding trips and they have told us they are not allowed to make a profit from any school outings. We recently all got a 1.50 refund from a recent outing as more kids had gone so the individual costs went down. :thumbsup2

joolz1910
05-22-2009, 01:33 PM
It might be the cost of the coaches. I know our coaches cost between 200 -250 and they seat around 50. The costs could also cover staff tickets...

Having said that, there is usually a discount on ticket prices for school bookings.

Ware Bears
05-22-2009, 06:01 PM
Bit of a cheek re the 2 ~ the most they should have been asking for was an SAE.

It's interesting reading on here what other schools charge for things. My eldest DD left school last year ~ she collected her GCSE results but there would have been no charge for posting them out, the yearbook was 5, and her prom ticket cost 15 but was refunded if the student had exemplary behaviour and completed a minimum number of hours study revision. OK, I know it's bribery but it worked for DD and her friends :rotfl2:

My middle DD is off on a trip to Thorpe Park with the same school next month ~ they are paying 33 each but I think that's reasonable as it also covers coach fare and the supervising adults' entrance tickets.