Dear Parent/Guardian,

The History and Art Departments are delighted to be able to offer all current and future GCSE History and Art students the opportunity of a two day/one-night excursion to London, departing Friday 15th November 2019 and returning Saturday 16th November 2019.

Please Note: This trip is for current Year 8, 9 & 10 students who will be in Year 9, 10 & 11 from September.

The purpose of this visit is to provide students with the unique opportunity of exploring London, including a visit to the Tower of London, the London Dungeons and a Jack the Ripper Tour as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum. For History students, the focus links directly to Unit 1 – Crime and Punishment; which is worth 30% of their overall GCSE grade. For Art students, the trip links directly to the vital need to incorporate drawn work from first-hand observation and to gather primary sources in the form of photographs and gallery information.

This trip will allow students to experience History and Art in a different format, with a ‘hands on’ approach to their course that they are currently studying.  We feel it is important that our students have the opportunity to take part in such a unique educational visit, as it enhances the learning that takes place in the classroom and helps to embed a real understanding the world around us.

There is a maximum of 50 places available and these places will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Students who are not initially selected will be listed as reserves. Unsuccessful students will have their deposits returned.

The cost of the trip will be £150. This price includes:

  • Reserved coach travel throughout the trip
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis for one night
  • Jack the Ripper guided walking tour
  • Entrance and tour of the Tower of London
  • Entrance to the London Dungeons
  • A visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • An evening meal
  • Travel insurance

(A small amount of additional spending money will be needed for lunch on the Friday/Saturday).

Reservation of a place on this trip is dependent upon the continued good behaviour and attitude of your child. Due to the nature of the trip and safety regulations, only students who can be trusted to behave impeccably will be allowed to go.

We ask that all payments are paid through the Parentpay system as this reduces the risk for students bringing large amounts of cash into school. You can log into Parentpay at www.parentpay.co.uk using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parentpay, please contact Miss Tait at stait@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk for help making sure you include your child’s name, D.O.B and form group in the email

If you wish your child to be considered, please complete and submit the reply form at the bottom of this page as soon as possible please.  A non-refundable deposit of £30 will be required to be paid via the Parentpay on-line payment system by Friday 12th July.  Please do not send the deposit into school with your son/daughter.

When you submit the reply slip below the information will be sent to us, we will process and add your child to the trip in Parent Pay.  Please allow 24 hours for this to happen, longer if it is a weekend.

Please see 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 Hannah in school on 01429 273790.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Hannah
Head of History

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