Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Year 8 Bramley Lakes Trip – June 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

Year 8 Bramley Lakes Trip – June 2016

Curriculum Enhancement week is 20th-24th June 2016.  During this week we would like all Year 8 pupils to have a residential experience at an outdoor education centre - this would help to promote social responsibility, awareness of and respect for the environment, and the realisation of the individual’s capabilities.  We will be based at Bramley Lakes Outdoor Centre, which has extensive specialist facilities, fully qualified staff, and is situated near Norwich.  Pupils stay at the centre for 2½ days where the activities include abseiling, climbing, raft building, archery, zip wire, canoeing, low ropes and 2 nights camping.  At Bramley Lakes, food is provided as well as all specialist equipment. 

The remaining 2½ days will be spent on school based activities such as Initiative tests and 10-Pin Bowling.  The total cost will be £148.  This includes food, transport, accommodation, equipment, specialist staff and entrance to the bowling.  The deposit of £37 reserves a place for your child and bookings/equipment will be made on the basis of this.  Anyone withdrawing after this will lose their deposit.

Outdoor Activities trips can be hazardous if pupils can’t behave.  A pupil cannot be taken if there is any evidence that a pupil would be a danger to themselves and/or others.  A borderline pupil (e.g. they may already be on stage 3 of the sanctions policy) may only be accepted following an interview with parents.  A written agreement that parents will fund & organise an early return from the trip if conduct gives cause for concern will be required and other conditions may be set.

After making an initial deposit, if a pupil’s behaviour then deteriorates, prior to the trip, they could then be barred from going.  We feel all parents should be aware of this before applying for this trip.  Pupils not going on this trip will have a programme on the school site.  Further details will follow to advise on other requirements.

Please note that a ‘NIL’ reply is required if you do not wish your child to go (Please tick option ‘B’)

We have considered the financial impact of this trip, especially as we also want to offer a Y9 Barcelona trip. 

To make this work for those wanting to do both trips, we have set out a payment schedule below:

  • A deposit of £37 for Bramley Lakes will be Friday 5th February
  • The second payment for Bramley Lakes will be 4th March (£37)
  • The third payment for Bramley Lakes will be 5th April (£37)
  • The final payment for Bramley Lakes will be 6th May (£37)

In accordance with the County Council’s charging policy please complete the reply slip below.

Payments should be made via our on-line system, ParentPay, but those choosing not to use this system should make cheques payable to Dereham Neatherd High School and take to the payment collection area (outside Business 1) by the dates indicated above during Thursday morning break (11.10am -11.25am) only.   Please note this is the only day we can receive cheque payments so please bear this in mind when meeting deadlines.

Yours sincerely

N Miller (Head of P.E.)

Bramley Lakes: Tick ‘A’ or ‘B’.  To be returned to Mr. Miller before Friday 5th February.

  1. A) I give my consent for my child to attend the Activities week (20th- 24th June 2016).
  1. B) I do not want my child to go on the Bramley Lakes Trip.

Pupil’s Name  …………………………………….………………………                     Form ………..…………

Parent’s Signature  ……………………………….……………………