At Buglawton, we offer lots of opportunities for our children outside of the classroom.  This includes our annual residentials.  In the last few years, there have been trips to Holland, Belgium, Northern France and Paris as well as locations in the UK.

The Value and Importance of Educational Visits

Learning outside the classroom is widely recognised as a valuable and effective means of extending pupil knowledge, enriching pupil understanding, and promoting personal and social development. Ofsted also acknowledge the importance of quality learning experiences outside the classroom for raising pupil attainment. Consequently, our school promotes and encourages the organisation of educational visits for all its pupils, and it is hoped that you will recognise the value and importance of these visits, and give them their full support. We have a rich tradition of memorable residentials at Buglawton and I hope that we will continue to provide these with our new programme.

2015/2016

Year 1 – Sleep over in the school hall in Summer for 1 night. Cost: a few pounds towards food/drink

Year 2 – Local Outdoor Adventure in the Spring term for 1 night. Cost: less than £100

Year 3/4 – York, to link to Viking or Roman topic. Spring term for 2 nights. Cost: less than £100

Year 5/6 – Scarborough. Summer term. 4 nights.

2016/2017

Year 1 – Sleep over in the school hall in Summer for 1 night. Cost: a few pounds towards food/drink

Year 2 – Local Outdoor Adventure in the Spring term for 1 night. Cost: less than £100

Year 3/4 – Anglesey (linking to water based/coastal topics) in Spring term for 2 nights. Cost: £175

Year 5/6 – France.  Summer term for 4 nights.  Cost £330

As you can see, we have tried our best to present an exciting, varied and rich range of experiences so your children have the opportunity to try something a bit different year on year, building up to that incredible opportunity to travel abroad in the upper juniors (a rite of passage, that few schools offer). We have also divided the visits into definite Key Stages.

Achieving Our Goal this Year

Our target this year it to increase participation and attendance of all school residentials. Last year’s trips were brilliant experiences for the children, but uptake of the Y4/5/6 trip was disappointing and part of the reason for our change of format.

We realise that the price of trips such as these can be inhibitive and we will endeavour to find ways to help spread the cost. The sooner we can book trips, finalise costs and set up payment schemes the better, and I have already talked to several parents who agree that plenty of notice is the key (and perhaps a payment holiday around Christmas time!).

The PTA already contribute to supplement the cost of coach trips and, in the past, we have held fundraising events to help in the same way. Where children are in receipt of income related free school meals (NOT Universal Infant Free School meals that all children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are entitled to) we will have further capacity to support the cost of your child’s trip. Beyond that, we would encourage any parent struggling to meet the demands of paying for the trip to come and talk to us to discuss ways of making sure every child has the chance of participating.