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Year 6 Residential Trip – for current Year 5

As you are no doubt aware, every year we make arrangements for our Year 6 children to spend a week at a special outdoor activities centre. We like to take the children away to enable them to participate in and challenge themselves with a range of activities they will not usually have had the opportunity to try.  For many, it will be their first trip without Mum or Dad, and the combination of being with their friends and taking part in a range of exciting activities makes it a truly memorable experience.  At our Leavers’ Service, the Year 6 children are asked to describe what they have most enjoyed during their time here at school and many refer to the residential trip as a highlight.

 

We have managed to secure a booking for the children for the week commencing Monday 14th September 2020 to Little Canada in the Isle of Wight.  We have decided to go at the beginning of the academic year because children develop strong teamwork skills, perseverance and resilience.  We refer back to these skills frequently during the more challenging moments of year 6.  The children will be travelling by coach and catching the ferry across to the Isle of Wight and then continue on the same coach to the PLG’s site, Little Canada.

 

We now need an indication of whether parents would like us to go ahead and confirm this booking.  The total cost per pupil is £395 per head, which includes an element for board and lodging which is chargeable to parents (see below).  New regulations require us to inform you that the remaining part of the cost of the trip is a voluntary contribution. We must point out, however, that if insufficient monies are received, the trip will not be viable.

 

We do want to stress that we would not wish any child to be excluded because of concerns about cost.  If this is something that you would like to discuss with us in complete confidence, we would be happy to do so and to help in any way that we can.  If you have any questions about the proposed trip, please do not hesitate to speak to me over the next few weeks.  We do need every parent to return the slip to school by Monday 30th September 2019 so that we know how many places to confirm with PGL.

The cost of board and lodging will be £218 per child, which includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. The first payment is payable by Monday 14th October 2019 and the second Board and Lodging payment is due on Monday 25th November.

 

If a family is in receipt of specific benefits which mean that your child is eligible for a free school meal, the school is obliged by law to waive the charges for board and lodging.  A list of the benefits applicable is contained in the school’s charging policy which, together with details of free school meal eligibility, is obtainable through the school website.

 

All other costs, including transport, will be £177 per child and parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution for this part. If you wish to speak to me in confidence about the cost of the trip, please do not hesitate to contact me to arrange an appointment.

 

The payment schedule will be as follows:

 

Payment Due Amount  
Monday 14th October £100 Secure place & Board and Lodging
Monday 25th November £118 Board and Lodging
Monday 27th January £100 Interim Payment
Monday 30th March £ 77 Final Payment
Total £395  

 

To summarise, if parents are willing to pay the total amount, they should pay £100 by 14th October and a further £118 by 25th November to pay for the board and lodging then two further payments of £100 and £77 (making a total of £395 altogether).

 

You can pay on-line for the PGL Residential Trip.  The above schedule shows the deadline for the money to be paid.  You may pay as much as you would like, but please make sure that the set amounts are paid by the due dates.

 

If you would like to learn more about the PGL residential trip please follow the links provided.

 

http://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/school-trips/resources/parent-guide/accommodation

http://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/school-trips/primary-schools/centres/little-canada

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S. Kirby

 

Mrs S. Kirby

Headteacher