Dear Parent/Guardian

I have great pleasure in announcing that The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College is offering a Ski Trip to Austria departing Saturday 11th April 2020 and returning Saturday 18th April 2020.  This is during the Easter Holidays.

The cost of the trip is provisionally £849. This price includes:

  • 5 days skiing with 5 hours of instruction
  • 8-day coach hire and return ferry crossing, Dover-Calais
  • 5 nights’ accommodation, bed, breakfast and evening meal
  • 10 euros hot lunch voucher for each day skiing
  • 5-day lift pass
  • 5 days hire of ski equipment and helmet (clothing not included)
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Personalized ‘hoodie’ as a memento of the trip
  • Evening entertainment entrance fees
  • Full 24-hour resort representation through IBT Travel

Additional costs include:

  • Hiring of a jacket and salopettes, if required, approximately £50 from Sayers of Yarm
  • Lift pass supplements 19 years old + £120 per person
  • Snowboarding in place of skiing – price is dependent on numbers

In order to travel students must have their own valid passport and a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  The medical insurance cards can be obtained online if you do not already have one.  Please note that passports will be required in school 10 weeks before we leave so a copy can be taken and essential information can be provided to the travel agent.

There is a maximum of 40 places available. 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.

Places are available to students currently in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12, including any Year 6 students starting EMS in September and any Year 11 that will be with us in the Sixth Form next year. 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 using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parentpay, please contact Miss Tait at 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 £150 will be required to be paid via the Parentpay on-line payment system as soon as possible to secure your place.  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.

The payment schedule for the trip is as follows:

  • June (deposit) – £ 150
  • July – £ 150
  • August –  no payments needed
  • September –  £ 150
  • October – £ 150
  • November – £ 150                                            
  • December – £99
  • January (if applicable)  – 19 years old – £120 Snowboarding – number dependent

 Total £849

The balance can be paid off in full if preferred, or alternative instalments can be made, but please contact Mr East and Sarah Tait in the school finance office first to make these arrangements

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

The Ski trip has a Facebook page, if you search for, and “like”, “EMS ski trip”, you can keep up to date with the latest information. Should you require any further information please contact me on 01429 273790 or email

Yours sincerely
Mr M. East