Visits and Visitors
School feel that visits and visitors into school greatly enhance the children’s learning, appreciation and understanding of a topic. They often ‘bring the topic to life’ and provide the children with a stimulus to learn from. We aim to provide a balance of visits out of school and experiences within school.
Previous visits and visitors are as follows:
EYFS: Jesmond Dene, Whitehouse Farm, Rising Sun, Chris Bostock, Palaeontologist from Durham University, Seven Stories and Cullercoats
Year 1: Sainsburys, Shildon Railway Museum, GEM IT Education, Pizza Express, Trinity Church, Alnwick Castle, St Nicholas’s Park, Frank Coles the Explorer, Paws for Pets and Cullercoats
Year 2: Tynemouth, Synagogue, Quayside, La Tasca, House of Objects, Betty Surtees House, Theatre Royal, Tynemouth Theatre and Cullercoats
Year 3: Art Gallery, Woodhorn Colliery, Sunderland Winter Gardens, Hexham Old Gaol, Gudwara, Discovery Museum, Tudor Housewife and Greek Merchant visitors and Cullercoats
Year 4: Beamish, Great North Museum, Centre for Life, Newcastle University Computing Lab, Hawkhirst and Cullercoats
Costs and Associated Charges
Unfortunately visits do cost money to organise particularly if a coach is required or if the visits are led by a member of staff from the place we are visiting.
Every effort is taken to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum and that when there is a cost incurred that it is warranted by the opportunties the visit presents . When there is a charge for the visit we ensure that this is divided equally amongst all the children.
Whilst visits do come at a cost for each child, school can only ask for a voluntary contribution towards the visit in accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act.
If you are unable to contribute the full cost then even part of the cost is very much appreciated however we are sure that you understand that if the cost of the visit is not covered through the contributions of the children being taken on the visit then it may have to be cancelled as sadly school is unable to fund the difference.
Cancelling visits is not a route that we would like to follow.
Packed Lunches for Children Entitled to Free School Meals
If the visit requires the children to bring their own lunch and your child is entitled to free school meals, school is able to provide a packed lunch for you. You must let the office know before the date of the visit so that this can be organised.
Please note that as of September 2013 families with children who are entitled to Free School Meals are not asked to contribute towards the cost of the overall visit. This is supported by the Pupil Premium funding we receive in school.