Trips & Visits
We believe that school trips and outings provide the children with a very valuable first hand experience as learners. Pupils visit places such as Hatfield House, Childwickbury Arts Festival, Verulamium, Hazard Alley and Standalone Farm.
We are also very fortunate to have staff who are prepared to undertake residential visits with our pupils. In Year 4 we offer pupils a very reasonably priced overnight visit to Phasels Wood Activity Centre. This includes adventurous activities and indoor accommodation. This visit is an excellent introduction to our Year 5/6 residential trip to Boreatton Park. This takes place every other year in order to achieve useful economies of scale and cut the price for all parents.
The costs of such trips can at times be very high, especially transport costs which have increased greatly over recent years and often make up most of the costs. We are very grateful to the PTA who have an on-going commitment to subsidise trips, but we still have to ask parents for a voluntary contribution. If sufficient funds are not received for a particular activity then it may have to be cancelled as it is not possible to regularly cover costs from the school budget. Refunds will be offered should an overpayment arise.
Parents who find the cost of a school trip / visit to be a real challenge to their budget are encouraged to come and speak to the Headteacher. This year pupils eligible for Pupil Premium are offered an additional discount on the cost of trips and outings.