9th June 2017

School Trips and Visits

I am sure you, like all of us, are shocked and horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester and are potentially worried as to what this means for your child and any planned school trips. As we have a number of local and national enrichment activities coming up over the next few weeks, and several residential experiences including time in Spain and London, I felt I would write to you to outline the school’s position and our planned course of action.

I have talked things over with our trained and experienced staff who are leading our trips, and we are absolutely agreed that it is important that, wherever possible, we do not allow such atrocities to dictate our lives. It is with this in mind that we intend to continue with all trips and visits as planned, and continue to offer wonderful and enriching experiences to our students.

However, the safety of your child is of course the most important thing to us and therefore we are continually looking at published advice from the Security Services and the Foreign Office and school trip risk assessments continue to be submitted to Northumberland County Council for scrutiny. Current advice does not recommend postponement of school trips, however, if there are any changes or updates that do affect the status of any of our trips we will contact you immediately to discuss these.

Whilst continuing to offer planned trips is a choice we can make, it is only you and your child who can decide if you / they still want to participate. If you do decide to withdraw from a trip that has already been planned, and if deposits have been paid and submitted to a travel company, we will work with them to try and retrieve any money back to you. This however will be at the discretion of the travel company not ourselves. If money for a deposit has been paid to school and we are still in a position to refund this we will.

Please also note, our overarching aim is to support you and your child so if any situation arises where losing a deposit would leave you in a difficult financial position then do get in touch and we will do what we can to help reach an acceptable resolution.

We will support any decision you choose to take over these matters, but I must assure you that I am confident that if we follow all relevant expert travel advice our students will once again have a superb, and safe, experience in the range of activities on offer for the remainder of this school year.

If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Gary Douglas
Interim Principal