The children at Redwell have the opportunity to experience a wide range of trips and visitors as they progress throughout the school. We aim to ensure that each year group plans at least one offsite trip and one onsite visitor, alongside our yearly trip to a local pantomine in December. The children in Year 6 also have the option to attend a residental trip which usually lasts from 3-5 days. Please see the tracking grid below to see examples of our most recent trips and visitors.
Redwell and the Local Committee have decided that all activities which could be described as "optional" (e.g. educational visits) must be covered by voluntary donations or they cannot take place. As the law stands, children cannot be excluded from such visits if their parents do not wish to pay (but do wish their children to participate). Parents will appreciate that educational trips and visitors have to be planned in advance and that schools need to have the financial capacity to cover their costs. Parents can be asked for "voluntary donations" towards the cost. Although, legally, no limit is placed on the amount parents contribute, the procedure we have adopted seeks to share the cost of such optional extras amongst children who will participate. Put simply, parents are notified of the visit, cost etc., and are asked to send back a reply slip indicating whether they are prepared to make a voluntary donation of the stated amount. Once we have this information, the visit will (or will not) proceed, depending upon whether the combined contributions cover the cost.
We have strict procedures in place when planning all educational trips/visitors and several members of the senior leadershp team are EVC trained. Coaches and minibuses used by the school are always fitted with seatbelts and full risk assessments are completed before any trip/visit takes place.
We hope that parents will continue to be supportive of all educational trips/visits. We really believe that they enhance your children's learning experience.