Year 6 traditionally have some time away together on a residential visit. We start preparations for this when children are in Year 5 and we have a monthly payment scheme to support parents in spreading the cost of the visit.
Our chosen provider, Cumulus Education host us at their base at the Townsend Centre in Swanage, Dorset. Our visit is usually scheduled for the week before the May half-term each year, please bear this in mind if you are going away over the May half-term holiday.
The cost of the visit will change each year but is usually around £400. Parents can pay in 15 instalments. This visit is subsidised by the school budget. Children in receipt of pupil premium gain an additional subsidy.
The visit will give the children a chance to be together to celebrate their time at St Cecilia's in anticipation of their transfer to high school.
Our activity programme will be led by Cumulus Education, a company based in the heart of Swanage. They have an experienced team of group leaders and instructors who are fully qualified in outward bounds activities, they train outdoor activity staff from across the UK.
They will lead the day's activities from just after breakfast to 9pm each night, we will have use of their minibus fleet to gain access to the forest, castle and train station. Our school staff will remain with groups to offer pastoral support and leadership and to join in the activities with the children. Our school group will be led by Mr Burke, he will be accompanied by a number of school staff with a ratio of 1:12.
We will travel to Dorset by coach, the journey takes around two and a half hours, we will stop on the way down at a site of interest to make the most of our journey.
We have chosen a visit which has a range of activities to suit the children, we will confirm these with you nearer the time:
Fun and games in the sea at Swanage Bay, drysuits are provided.
Kayaking across the bay
Visit to the Dorset Waterpark and Mud trail
Crabbing in the rock pools, from the pier
A day of bushcraft
A visit to Corfe Castle and a ride on the steam train.
We aim to arrive late morning on the Monday, in time for lunch.
We will leave after lunch on the Friday arriving back at school early evening from 5-6pm. Our arrival time is dependent on the traffic, we keep in touch with parents on the way back to school via Class Dojo.
The Townsend Centre
Our home for the week will be the Townsend Centre in Swanage, Dorset. We will have breakfast lunch and an evening meal here each day, with a packed lunch or BBQ at lunchtimes if we are out and about, as we may either on the beach, at the castle or in the woods at lunchtime on most days.
The children will be accommodated in single-sex, ensuite rooms of 5/6.
To help parents with paying for this visit we have three options:
Payment in full
Payments can be made through the PupilAsset App or by cheque - payable to St Cecilia's Governors' Fund.
Insurance for this visit is provided by AIG Insurance, through the London Borough of Sutton. It is a special insurance policy to cover educational visits, we have attached a summary of the current policy for you below. The cost of insurance is met by the school.
At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.