Educational Visits & Activities
As a school, we believe strongly in the importance of educational visits and residential trips in developing independence, responsibility and trust in our pupils, helping them to develop into well-rounded individuals.
The school demands the highest standards from pupils who are taken on any trip, especially residential visits. In these cases pupils must be sensible, trustworthy and prepared to try to do their best at all times. When visits are over-subscribed priority is given to pupils who have shown that they have these qualities by their conduct and attitude as measured by grades for behaviour in class.
In extreme cases involving sustained or serious misconduct, pupils who do not behave appropriately will not be allowed to apply or go on an educational visit. Full details are available on request to school. Once selected, participation in the visit is dependant on continued good behaviour.
To enable parents to plan for future trips, the following is a list of trips we are currently running. All trips have been undertaken over the last three years. Prices do vary every year but costs for 2012 were as follows:
Year 6 Kingswood – May (Friday to Sunday) – £116
Year 6 Theatre Trip – Christmas – £12
Year 7 Chateau Beaumont – March (Monday to Friday) – £436
Year 7 Hadrian’s Wall – October (Tuesday to Friday) – £160
Year 7 & 8 Cinema Trip – Christmas – £9
Year 8 Ardeche – May (one week) – £674
Year 8 Drayton Manor – July (one day) – £22
Payments are made via ParentPay in whole or where requested by installments.
Any activity taking place wholly or mainly during normal teaching hours will be available to all pupils, subject to satisfactory conduct and attitude, regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to help meet the cost.
For us to continue to offer educational visits, or bring visitors into school, we do rely on the vast majority of parents making voluntary contributions. It is the policy of the school to subsidise pupils whose parents are financially unable to meet the full cost of such visits whenever possible. Parents are asked to apply in confidence to the Headteacher or Activity Organiser in cases of genuine hardship (e.g. families on Income Support). If a significant number of parents decline or are unable to make a contribution then we may have to reconsider the viability of the visit.