Educational Visits

Educational Visits

Educational Visits

St Ivo School has a long track record of providing a wide range of educational visits for students across Years 7 to 13. Indeed, past and present students, parents and staff often reminisce about the impact of visits on their educational experience and the way they have positively shaped the mindset and indeed subject and career choices or our young people over the years.

The visits are a mixture of local, national and international experiences, and include both day visits and residential. We believe visits form an important part of each student’s education, enabling them to experience something new, and hence we would encourage them all to undertake a trip at least every key stage of their learning journey. Through experience we have found that students benefit from these activities in a number of ways, particularly on residential visits and involving outdoor activities. These benefits include helping to build self esteem, confidence and independence, as well as learning to co-operate and work well in a group. Also, through the activities that they choose, students will receive hands-on learning and learn to manage risk.

Examples of educational visits

In previous years there has been a wide choice of visits and we hope to continue this in the future. Examples of just a few of the visits we have offered in the past include:

Year 7: Castles (history); Space centre (Science); Varsity rugby (PE)

Year 8: Grafham water (geography); French Christmas markets (languages); Switzerland outdoor experience; Black Country outdoor industrial museum (history)

Year 9: Dunwich coast (geography); skiing (PE)

Year 10: WWI battlefields (history); Iceland (geography), Auschwitz (RE), catering

Year 11 only and/or Sixth Form: Vietnam, China, Ireland (history); Snowdonia, South Africa (geography); UK galleries, Italy (Art); skiing (PE), law courts; economics conferences.

Across the year groups, most departments offer opportunities, not just those above, but also for dance, drama, music, English, food technology and design, maths, textiles, STEM, and university experiences. Some of these include occasional free visits and activities outside or inside school for a few lessons during the school day, for example collecting geography fieldwork data in St. Ives, visiting a local place of worship in RE, and food technology demonstrations. Students may also be offered additional opportunities that arise, for example theatre and dance productions where we are able to secure tickets. Sometimes sporting events are offered (for example Wimbledon tennis tickets, golf, and cycling), with priority given to students taking Vocational Sport and/or those involved in extra-curricular sports clubs.

Visit categories: A, B, C, D

We are acutely aware that educational visits can put financial pressure on parents/carers. The letters sent to parents/carers will include a statement about financial assistance for each particular visit. In addition, each visit is categorised by the school to inform parents/carers about the nature of each trip:

Consent for non-residential local trips and sports fixtures

From time to time students may participate in “zone 1” visits as defined within our Educational Visits policy, specifically:

Staff will plan such visits thoroughly, including ensuring that an appropriate staff to student ratio is in place and that they have access to parents/carers contact details. However, for these visits, the school will not typically ask parents/carers for separate consent. In the case of sports fixtures which run outside of the normal school day, it is the responsibility of the student to inform parents/carers of the details of the visit, including the venue, departure and return times so that parents/carers can ensure students have a safe way to then travel home. Parents/carers have the right to withdraw consent for their child to participate in zone 1 visits. To withdraw consent please email mcraig@stivoschool.org or write to Dr M Craig, Deputy Headteacher.

Contact details for questions

As parents/carers will appreciate, the organisation and administration of educational visits is a major challenge for teachers and support staff in the finance department, medical room, staffing office, and Learning Support department. We endeavour at all times to ensure a smooth and safe process, and seek to make improvements at every opportunity. If you have any questions, please email ascruton@stivoschool.org (visits administrator) and/or mcraig@stivoschool.org (Deputy Headteacher and EVC - Educational Visits Coordinator).