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The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils at LEA schools to purchase instruments without paying VAT. Thus parents will only pay the discounted prices quoted on this site (excluding the VAT quoted).
Normans AIPS+ Scheme
The Normans exclusive AIPS+ Scheme offers additional, free of charge benefits saving you more than just the VAT:
- Free next day delivery
- A free of charge instrument inspection at 12 months from Normans repair workshop – including small adjustments and repairs
- 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:
*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.
What are the rules?
Customs & Excise have laid down rules to ensure the scheme is not abused:
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.
The instrument must be 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.