There are sometimes opportunities for the curriculum to be enhanced by extra visits or activities, for which may need to seek voluntary contributions towards the cost of transport and entrance fees, etc. We always indicate the amount which would enable your child to participate.
Over the years a range of activities have been enjoyed which are totally outside the normal school day, for example, theatre trips, ski trip, outdoor education trips, external sports coaching. Obviously such activities must be paid for to enable them to take place.
In Food Technology, parents are asked to provide ingredients for food that will be cooked at school and taken home. Ingredients for investigative work are provided by the department.
In Design and Technology, parents are invited to contribute to the cost of projects which are retained by pupils.
Music which comes under the Performing Arts Department arranges for pupils to have instrumental tuition, at competitive rates, using professional music teachers. Those pupils interested should see the Head of Performing Arts to arrange lessons. the Governing Body operates a Remissions policy to help support the payment of tuition fees in cases of financial difficulties. Parents should contact the School Business Manager to check their eligibility for such assistance.
The school arranges a variety of out of school activities. Some of these are very much an integral part of the daily/weekly routine of the school whilst others take place less frequently, generally to places farther afield, and for a longer time period.
Examples of those forming part of the regular routine of the school are as follows:
- sports matches against other schools and participation in county and area events and tournaments (e.g. rugby, netball, cricket, tennis, football, athletics, cross country, rounders);
- supervised visits to shops, shopping centres and supermarkets in the local area as part of curriculum work;
- visits to local play groups, old people’s residential homes.
Transport will be either by mini-bus (driven by staff), hired vehicles, parents’ or staff cars. Only parents who have confirmed that they hold the appropriate insurance cover and whose cars are properly licensed and MOT tested will be able to help in this way. They must also hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check if they are to supervise groups of pupils on a school trip or visit.
Supervision will be provided by use of school teaching and other staff, parent helpers and other adults, and will be determined for each outing; taking into account what the children are doing, where they are going, how they are getting there and so on. Whatever other help is used, at least one member of the school’s teaching staff will be in charge.
As these routine trips are all ‘local’, school journey/personal accident insurance over will not be taken out.
For other trips, not listed previously, detailed information and consent forms will be sent to parents concerned at the planning stage of each trip.
The Governing Body provides insurance cover to protect your children should they suffer injury, damage or loss through negligent acts by staff or others engaged on school business.
The Governing Body does not provide any personal accident insurance (i.e. where no one is negligent or to blame) or cover personal effects. For longer outings we shall judge each trip separately. Where we think it is wise to take out personal accident cover or any other insurance, the premium will be included in the overall costs of the trip. If we do not think special insurance is necessary we will make this clear to you so you make your own arrangements if you wish to do so.
Pupils who have had serious behavioural incidents, many lower level incidents or poor attendance may not be allowed to go on school trips. This decision will be taken by the Assistant Headteacher (Pupils Support), in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team. Parents will be made aware of this decision. If a child is not allowed to participate on one school trip, it does not mean that they will miss out on all trips, especially if their behaviour significantly improves.
Parents who want any more detailed information about these activities should contact the school.