5th March 2024

Dear Parent/ Carer,

We are excited to announce that before the Easter break, we will be offering out a selection of residential trips, including international trips, for the next academic year. These trips are supplementary to the end of term trips we run in the winter and summer terms. More details will be shared regarding this but in anticipation of the demand for these trips we want to share how spaces on these trips will be allocated.

In response to valuable parental feedback regarding the process to secure a place on trips, it was noted that the booking system led to certain pupils initially missing out on trips due to a first-come, first-served process utilised by the electronic booking system. In an effort to establish a more equitable and fairer system, and to incentivise all pupils to strive for higher ‘achievement points’ and reduce ‘behaviour points’ this year, we have implemented these points as a criterion in cases of oversubscribed trips. This way, pupils with the better achievement and behaviour records are prioritised.

We will assign spaces for these activities based on Talaxy Points, from the highest to the lowest, from January 22nd, 2024, up until the deadline for application for a place on the trip. We are using the date of January 22nd, 2024, of as this is when we first communicated that Talaxy data would be used to allocate priority when booking trips.  Please communicate this with your child so they are fully aware of the importance of gaining achievements and avoiding negative behaviours that may limit their chances of attending these trips. As previously mentioned, the popularity of certain trips has unfortunately resulted in some pupils being unable to partake in a trip due to constraints in transportation and staffing. Kindly note that if a pupil’s behaviour record is deemed to jeopardise their own safety, and/or the safety of others during the trip, they will not be allowed to participate in the excursion

Once details of the trips have been released if your child has secured a spot on their preferred trip, an email will be sent with a link to confirm their participation. While we understand that this may be disappointing for both you and your child, it’s important to emphasise that these trips serve as a reward for good behaviour, and this allocation method was deemed the fairest given the limited number of spaces available for each trip.

Yours sincerely

Mr. C. Mitchell
Care, Support & Guidance Coordinator