2 June 2015


Dear Parents

Year 8 Geography / Biology Trip

We are planning to take year 8 pupils to Robin Hoods Bay on a combined geography and biology trip on Wednesday 17th June. We will leave school at 9am travelling on the school minibuses and returning to School at approximately 4pm. Activities pupils will take part in on the day will consist of; a study of a rocky foreshore ecosystem, a tour of the coastal defences and a profile transect of the beach.

The trip will be subject to the conditions as set out in the Parent Contract, and will be covered by the School’s insurance policy.  Please ensure if your child suffers from asthma or severe allergic reactions their inhaler/medication/epipen is in school, if they do not have them, they will be unable to go on the trip.  A qualified first aider will accompany the pupils on this trip. A full risk assessment has been undertaken for all aspects of this trip.

Pupils should wear their school PE kit for the day. Although the trip is taking place in the summer, the weather may still be cold and/or wet.  It will therefore be necessary for your son/daughter to bring their school hooded sweatshirt and their school waterproof jacket, preferably in a small rucksack which they can carry easily whilst working. In the event of the weather being sunny your son/daughter will need to wear sun cream and a hat as they will be outside all day.

There is also the distinct possibility that they will get wet feet when taking part in the ecosystem study, therefore if possible pupils should wear wellington boots. If they do not have these, pupils must bring a spare pair of shoes and socks and wear old trainers whilst conducting field work.

Packed lunches will be provided by the school kitchens, so there is no need for pupils to bring money other than a small amount of pocket money, as there may be the chance to buy an ice cream or souvenirs, although we cannot guarantee there will be time for this. They should not bring mobile phones or other valuables with them as there is a risk of these being damaged or lost; school staff cannot take responsibility for such items.  We endeavour to take photographs on as many school trips as possible, please visit our website, facebook and twitter pages to view a selection of photographs.

Pupils will be spending the whole day working in a coastal environment. We therefore request your support in emphasising to them the importance of staying close to supervising staff at all times, and of good behaviour.

This trip is covered by the Educational Visits and Other Offsite Activities consent form you have already completed. However, if there are any medical issues you wish to bring to our attention please notify us in writing.  There is no cost for this trip.


Yours faithfully


Miss F Ince                                         Mrs S Lindsay-Symington
Head of Geography                          Head of Biology

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