We believe that children learn best through practical and real experiences. We therefore try to ensure that opportunities are provided for curriculum-related educational visits.
For children in Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), these are often day or half-day visits and could include venues such as a local zoo, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic or even a Pizza Parlour!
Children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) also take part in day visits and this is also extended to residential opportunities. The last two residentials were to Irthlingborough Outdoor Activity Centre and Everdon Study Centre, for three days.
The policy of the school is to make provisions and offer educational visits for children providing they can be undertaken without creating financial difficulties for the school. Proposed visits, therefore, can only go ahead if sufficient contributions are forthcoming from parents.
We are very conscious that money ‘doesn’t grow on trees’ and try our utmost to keep down the costs of these activities.
Whilst the school cannot charge for items, which form part of the required curriculum, we appreciate parental contributions to support curriculum activities. Again, we try to keep the costs to a minimum and restrict charging to areas where the children bring home a finished product e.g. cookery, sewing, or model-making. You can read the full policy here.
Parents should be aware that there is no universal personal accident cover for school children. The County Council’s policies cannot cover pupils engaged on educational visits, school journeys etc., although the general liability policy protects the council against the consequences of actions brought against it on behalf of pupils. The County Council takes out insurance cover for visits involving overnight stays. Parents may take out insurance on an individual basis should they want additional cover for their children.