Year 8 History Trip to Beamish (Postponed)

03/04/2020 9:00am to 4:15pm

The Year 8 trip to Beamish won’t be taking place on Friday 3rd April to minimise risk with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. We are in talks about trying to reschedule the trip later in the year. We’ll update you in the future.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

I have great pleasure in announcing that The English Martyrs History Department invite your son/daughter to attend a Year 8 trip to the Beamish Museum on Friday 3rd April 2020. The purpose of this visit is to provide students with the unique opportunity to explore what life was like during the 20th Century in Britain.

Students will depart English Martyrs at approximately 9am and will return at approximately 4:15pm. Arrangements will need to be made by parents/carers for students to get home as school busses will have already departed.

Students will be expected to either bring a packed lunch or a small amount of spending money which they can use to buy food from within the Museum. Students will also have free time where they will be allowed to visit the gift shops. Students who are entitled to free school meals will be supplied with a packed lunch.

Students are allowed to wear their own clothes, however, we ask that they are suitably dressed for the weather and are wearing appropriate footwear. 

The cost of the trip is £15.

This trip is open to all Year 8 students and there are 115 places available. Due to the nature of the trip and safety regulations, only students who can be trusted to behave impeccably will be allowed to go. The department will be using class charts to determine if your child will be awarded a place.

If you wish your child to be considered, please complete and submit the reply slip below by Friday 6th March. After this date, successful applications will be added parent pay. The deadline for payments is Friday 20th March.

We ask that all payments are paid through the Parent Pay system as this reduces the risk for students bringing large amounts of cash into school. You can log into Parent Pay at using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parent Pay, please contact our Finance Director at for help, making sure you include your child’s name, D.O.B and form group in the email.

If your child is successful in gaining a place, but then has to withdraw, any money paid can only be returned if this is due to exceptional circumstances or his/her place is filled by another student.

Please see the schools website for details of our full Charging & Remissions Policy.

Parents who can prove they are in receipt of the following benefits will be exempt from paying the cost of board and lodgings for educational trips within the school term:

  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not also received and the family’s income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Should you require any further information please contact Mrs S Stanwick at school 01429 273790

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Stanwick
Second in Department