Trips and Visits

Educational Visits normally take place during the school day but a number involve an overnight stay of at least one night. Full details of the arrangements for travel, activities involved and the cost will be given to parents well in advance of the proposed visit.

All students participate in these visits and if there are any financial issues these need to be referred to the form tutor. Students will represent the Academy in sport, drama, dance, debating and/or musical events.

Information about the visits will be sent to parents (in advance); a reply slip will be attached for permission and payment where applicable. Students will be unable to attend if the permission slip is not returned. Prompt replies are appreciated. School uniform will be worn for all day visits. Day trips will normally begin and end at the Academy. Parents will be notified of any change to this prior to the visit.

Sporting fixtures may be arranged at short notice and-in this instance a note will be placed in the student’s planner or a phone call home will notify parents/carers of the arrangements.

Educational Visits may involve travel abroad (e.g. Foreign Languages, Battlefields, leisure activities). Parents are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring that their child has the correct documentation for such a trip (e.g. valid passport). Parents should also note that the Academy insurance cover is limited to travel, life and medical costs only and does not cover the repair / replacement of personal effects (e.g. mobile phones, MP3 players). Additional insurance to cover the cost of these items is the responsibility of parents. Some educational visits (e.g. Year 8 Residential) are an integral part of the Academy curriculum and as such are compulsory.

Payments for visits may be spread over a period of time and should be made through the parent pay pal account. Please note that grants are available to help with payment, for students who are eligible for free school meals.

For all visits the following cost implications apply:

  • Curriculum specific and a specification requirement, no charges will apply.
  • Enrichment visit with no specification requirement, there will be a parental contribution.
  • Holidays, such as the skiing trip, parents/cares cover all costs.

Finally, please note that the Academy Code of Conduct applies on all Educational Visits organised by the Academy.