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The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils at local authority schools to purchase instruments without paying VAT. Through this scheme, parents only pay the discounted prices - excluding the VAT quoted. 

Normans AIPS+ Scheme
As with eveything at Normans we like to offer more to our customers. So, let's introduce the AIPS+ scheme:
The Normans exclusive AIPS+ Scheme offers additional, free of charge benefits saving you more than just the VAT.

Free next day delivery 
5 Years extended warranty - Free on all instruments over £150.00
A £10 gift voucher for the student to help purchase consumables and accessories when needed.

Please ensure you quote AIPS+ when placing your order.

Here is an example:

Yamaha YCR2330III Student Cornet

Standard Purchase
AIPS Purchase     

Normans AIPS+ Purchase     
Free Delivery
£10 Gift Voucher
5 Year Warranty

Please note. This is an example only and prices are subject to change. 

How does AIPS work?

Once the parent/pupil has chosen an instrument, the school should place a formal order with us as normal. The parent then pays the ex-VAT price to the school (usually when the school places the order). Our invoice includes VAT which the school reclaims in the normal way. If you would like to purchase your instrument with Normans on the AIPS+ scheme, please quote 'AIPS+' on your order.

I've never heard of AIPS: Can I use the scheme?

Most likely, yes. The rules (not set by us, unfortunately) are as follows:

The student must be in full time education at a Local Authority School
The student must be receiving music tuition at the school
The instrument must be appropriate for the pupils needs, so maybe not a Stradivarius Trumpet for 6 year old Keely who is just mastering 3 Blind Mice. 
The instrument must be portable, and no -  putting wheels on a Grand Piano does not make it 'portable'
The instrument must be handed over from school to pupil in a designated teaching room
The instrument must be charged to the pupil / pupil's parents at or below the school's (ex VAT cost)

This all looks great, but how do I actually place the order?
If you are a school; ordering via phone or email is the easiest, just make sure your orders says 'AIPS+ on it'
If you are a parent; get in touch with the school to find out how they place their orders