A couple of years ago I heard my daughters primary school was being turned into an academy. There were all sorts of shenanigans that I was not happy about (I probably should not go into here) but there seemed to be no choice. One year into a full academy and all art has been dropped (as far as I can tell they only do maths and english). . . . but actually I guess this is beside the point (I'm just not happy). Today I get a letter asking for £25 for each student as the school is low on funds. Is this sort of thing normal in the UK? I know it happens to local schools in Japan, but I have not heard of it in the UK before.