Year 4 Hooke Court - Wednesday 13th February to Friday 15th February 2019
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Year 4 Hooke Court - Wednesday 13th February to Friday 15th February 2019
To the Parents/Carers of pupils in Year Three

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)

Year 4 Residential School Journey

Wednesday 13 February 2019 to Friday 15 February 2019

Once again we would like to organise a Year 4 journey to Hooke Court, near Dorchester. Last year’s journey was very successful and we have made a provisional booking for 3 days beginning Wednesday 13 February 2019.

As last year, we are not intending to limit the number of places available but the viability of going ahead with the visit does depend upon parents being willing to meet all costs involved in running the trip – board and lodging, tuition, transport and insurance. Christ Church staffing costs are met by the school. As you are aware there are strict guidelines laid down regarding charging for school trips and we follow these.

At this stage we do not have exact figures as to the cost of the journey but estimate the cost will be in the region of £166.00 per pupil. At this time we are asking for a deposit of £40.00 (non-refundable) to secure your child’s place on the journey and an undertaking that you will meet the cost of board and lodging and will make voluntary contributions when asked to, or that you will speak to us if there are financial reasons for not being able to make the voluntary contributions.

To make the situation regarding board and lodging clear, in accordance with our charging policy and government guidelines, we are making a charge for this element of a school journey. This is not a voluntary contribution and this amount must be paid if you wish your child to take part. You should know that this payment may be reclaimed if you are entitled to any of the following benefits and/or are entitled to free school meals:

 Income Support
 Income – based Jobseeker’s Allowance
 Income related employment and Support Allowance
 The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
 Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
 Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190 Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
 Universal Credit – If you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

No child will be excluded from taking part in this visit on the basis of inability or unwillingness to make the voluntary contribution but you should know that if insufficient donations are received the journey will be cancelled.

If you would like your child to participate, please complete the google form with the deposit of £40.00 before Friday 13 July 2018.

Please pay online via your child’s scopay account if possible, we still need you to complete the google form. Alternatively please pay by cash or cheque (made payable to Christ Church School) and put in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Anderson and mark the envelope ‘Hooke Court’. This can then be posted in the post box on the wall outside the office entrance.

If you do not wish your child to take part, please still complete the google form as this gives us a much clearer idea of numbers.

Please do not make full payment now; the final cost does depend upon the number of children travelling as the cost of the coach is shared equally amongst all participants. If you have any questions regarding the visit please contact me via the school office.

Whilst at Hooke Court, the children will be ‘Time Travellers’ and spend 3 days living as Roman Invaders, Roman Soldiers, making Roman oil lamps, writing in Latin and cooking a Roman feast. Further information can be found at

Yours sincerely

Mrs Ruth James
Educational Visits Coordinator

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