School Trips Overview For Parents
Going on school trips is an important part of the extra curricular timetable we are able to provide for the pupils at our school. The children are able to enjoy the wealth of museums, historical places of interest and art galleries that London has to offer. In addition we also have educational workshops who come in to lead special sessions for the children.
Each class / year group has the opportunity to go on a trip several times a year. We will upload a list for the proposed trips for the forthcoming academic year on the school calendar.
At St. Michael’s we have robust procedures in place that further supports our commitment to safeguarding of our pupils and staff. Whenever there is an educational visit (day trip or school journey) the lead teacher(s) always complete the schools Educational Visits Risk Assessment form. The risk assessment includes information ensuring:
A first aider is always on a trip;
Emergency exits and planning for unexpected events are always accounted for;
Our ratio for trips (apart from residential trips where helpers are there too) is 1:7 when on a local visit / travelling by public transport to a venue and when travelling by coach to a venue and 1:6 for the younger children when travelling into London;
Risk assessments are read and signed by the Headteacher two weeks before a trip and these are countersigned by the Chair of the Board of Governors;
Any risk that is medium or high is assessed and provision is given to lower the risk;
During the COVID19 pandemic, additional risk assessment control measures are included in the planning of the educational visits;
The needs of children with special education needs or medical provision / disability is accounted for and recorded in the risk assessment;
Appropriate arrangements with regard to security are planned for.
The residential school journey trips to France and the Isle of Wight /Marchants Hill are externally validated by the Local Authority and they do not go ahead until approval has been gained.
Education Visits Safeguarding Reviews
Each individual school trip is reviewed and assessed by both the Headteacher and Chair of Governors. The residential school journeys are also reviewed in depth and the Local Authority risk assessment is completed and formally presented to the Board of Governors for approval. At each review we are mindful of the current level of safety and security in London.
Currently during the COVID19 pandemic the school is following the government guidance of no overnight educational residential visits and limited day trips. Additional COVID19 control measures are adhered to when risk assessing any proposed educational visit.