As a school we are committed to broadening the educational experience for all our pupils and consequently offer a wide variety of trips and visits to our pupils.
Our educational visits vary from visits to museums or galleries, theatres to watch a play, universities, or study aspects of the local geography and history. Equally they may visit a London attraction such as the London Eye or Aquarium. We also offer residential field courses, as well as trips to Europe.
Learning outside the classroom gives students the opportunity to put real life situations into context and apply what they have learnt in class to the real world. It contributes to raising standards and improves pupil’s personal, social and emotional development.
In the report ‘How Far Should You Go’ (2008) Ofsted stated that on average children watch more than 17 hours of television per week and are spending more than 20 hours a week online. Visits therefore have an important role to play in helping young people develop healthy lifestyles and a good work life balance. It equally re-engages them with the natural environment encouraging respect and development of a sustainable way of living for the future.
As a school we hope to encourage ten outcomes from educational visits:
- Enjoyment and Fulfillment
- Social Awareness
- Environmental Awareness
- Activity Skills
- Key Skills
- Personal Qualities
- Health and Fitness
- Broadened Horizons
Prior to students attending school trips parents/carers are required to provide formal authorisation.
Trips and visits are designed to support the school curriculum or enhance it to promote students with exciting opportunities beyond the curriculum.
Going on a trip means more than simply leaving the school site, skills and social development learnt often goes beyond just the educational value of the trip.
The James Hornsby School follows advice and guidance from Essex Education visits to ensure guidance, training and health and safety are adhered to.
Students Attitude and Attendance in school will be considered when being invited to attend a trip or a visit. It is expected that students have good attendance and attitude at all times (attendance of 96% or better is required. Individual circumstances may be considered). If a trip forms part of the compulsory curriculum, the school will cover the cost or provide a significant subsidiary. If the trip is beyond the curriculum, is a reward or an enrichment opportunity, the cost of this will be passed to the parents/ carers and poor attendance or attitude may result in them not being invited.