Dear Parent/Guardian,

I have great pleasure in announcing that The English Martyrs History Department invite your son/daughter to attend a whole Year 8 group trip to Beamish Museum on Friday 5th April 2019  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 are allowed to wear their own clothes, however we ask that they are suitably dressed for the weather and are wearing appropriate footwear. Students can bring mobile phones but it is the students’ responsibility to keep them safe.

The cost of the trip is will be no more than £15.00 (depending on uptake) which includes coach travel to and from the museum and entry.

This trip is open to all Year 8 students and there are 150 places available.  These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Students not initially selected will be held as reserves.

If you wish your child to be considered, please complete and submit the reply slip below by Friday 8th February 2019. Allocation 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.  After the closing date we will add all successful students to Parent Pay.

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 Miss. S. Fixter at school 01429 273790

Yours sincerely

Miss. S. Fixter
Teacher of History

This trip is now closed as we have hit our maximum allowance and we have a small reserve list.  We will open again in the future if we need more people for places.