Off-site visits provide children with enriched learning experiences and add value and purpose to learning. Classes are encouraged to make at least three educational visits a year. Visits are arranged by the class teacher and are usually related to a current area of study. Your written permission is required for your child to be included in an outing. You will be advised of the cost of the outing and asked to send a voluntary contribution towards that cost. Each outing has the proviso that it only goes ahead if a certain number of voluntary contributions are received. Whether you decide to pay any contribution or not, once a pre-stated figure has been reached, the trip will go ahead and all children will be included. This is in line with the Governors’ policy on charging for school visits. If you have any difficulty in making a contribution towards the cost of a visit, then please let us know so that we can try to help. The PTA usually funds the cost of transport up to a certain amount, and we only use coaches with fitted seat belts. Increasingly, for educational visits and attendance at local sporting events we are making good use of the community minibus, for which school has priority use.
Parent helpers are usually required to provide support during such outings but must be police checked. If you think you might accompany your child’s class on such a visit at some time, please ask the Head teacher to begin the ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) process as soon as possible, as this does take time to complete.