Trips & Visits
The Government continues to advise against the resumption of domestic overnight and overseas educational visits at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools can undertake safe COVID-19 day visits.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 outbreak has presented significant challenges for children, who are missing out on the residential experience and the undoubted benefits that brings.
However, the Government’s priority is to ensure that children remain in education with any measures put in place designed to support that ambition. In respect of the reintroduction of overnight educational visits, including residential trips, careful consideration has been given to measures that, on the one hand, open up the sector, but on the other hand, potentially increases the rate of transmission of the virus.
Therefore the Government does not plan to change its current guidance at this time, and continues to advise against the resumption of domestic overnight and overseas educational visits for those in education and other settings. Schools are able to undertake COVID-19 secure day visits and our school will be offering essential local day trips during this time.
The decision not to resume overnight educational visits, including residential trips at this stage has been heavily influenced by the public health advice available and the Government’s need to put in place measures to reduce and bring under control the rising cases of COVID-19 in England.
Public Health England has advised that the resumption of residential visits will unnecessarily increase the risk of transmission of the virus due to a number of factors, some of which are listed below:
• increased social interaction of groups of children and adults outside of their established bubbles
• increased contact time with others in an indoor setting
• sharing bedroom facilities
• sharing of accommodation more broadly and close living arrangements (including sharing facilities such as canteens, showers and toilets)
• additional travel across country and the interaction with others that the children and adults accompanying them would not otherwise encounter
The risks associated with these factors will vary from trip to trip and residential centre to centre.
We understand that this position will be reviewed again in November 2020. The review will, amongst other things, consider the risk factors described above and the position of the country as a whole in driving down the prevalence of the virus.
Education outside of the classroom is an important part of a student’s educational experience. Students will enjoy these experiences and gain confidence, increase their social awareness, become more self-reliant and gain an increased motivation and appetite for learning. Falmouth School offer a wide variety of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom both locally, nationally and internationally. On these pages you will find details and forms relating to our more adventurous trips nationally and internationally. This should allow parents and guardians the opportunity to plan out what they would like their children to experience during their time with us at Falmouth School.
Please fill out a booking form for the trip your child would like to attend here.
Please click here for a consent form.