Educational Visits

Being situated in the beautiful, historic and world famous Yorkshire Dales is both a privilege and a
fantastic opportunity. We use our local environment as much as possible to support and extend our
learning throughout the curriculum. Being outside and immersing themselves in such a special milieu
is not only excellent for the children’s academic development but it is invaluable for their mental
and physical health, understanding of the community of which they are an important part, and to
instil in them a sense of place; spiritually, historically and geographically.
The children regularly travel further afield as well, to deepen their learning and broaden their world
picture. Every term, all our children are given the opportunity to participate in an off-site visit or to
take part in workshops here at school and in the local area; engaging in activities that stretch their
understanding of the curriculum and provide them with new experiences through activities they
might not access elsewhere .
Some recent trips at Grassington have included: Chester Zoo, The Gruffalo Trail at Nell Bank Outdoor
Centre; the Media Museum in Bradford to see the Space exhibition; Burnsall to study the geography
of the Wharfe; Horton Grange Academy in Bradford for our linking schools project; pirate trail
around the village; as well as trips to other schools in our federation for a two day RE festival,
science workshops and crafting skills fair; and, of course, every Christmas the whole school travels to
see the pantomime at Harrogate, a firm favourite!
All visits are planned very carefully by the staff, to ensure that they provide high quality enrichment
to the curriculum, which excites, inspires and enthuses our children. We also want to create joyful
and rewarding experiences and memories for them and their time at our school. Often the children
will take part in trips and activities alongside their peers from other schools in our Federation. This
widens their friendship groups and broadens their perspective. Every year, after SATs, Year 6 have
the opportunity to join their friends from other schools in our cluster, including Threshfield and
Boyle and Petyt, on a three-day residential trip to Cober Hill in Scarborough. This is a fun-filled and
exciting adventure that the children and staff thoroughly enjoy, and creates joyous memories they
will never forget. Cober Hill is a hotel set in beautiful grounds near the coast, built by the Joseph
Rowntree Foundation, and provides a comfortable, safe base from which the children can take part
in all sorts of outdoor activities, including biking in Dalby Forest, sailing at Scaling Dam and fossil
hunting on the beach at Scarborough. It is an opportunity not to be missed!
Careful planning and professional delivery of all our trips and activities are very important to us, to
ensure that all our children have a positive and safe experience every time. The children’s safety is
our number one concern. Staff use the EVOLVE system of risk assessment and planning strategies; a
highly effective and robust tool for professional educators, which ensures all potential hazards are
accounted for, and any adjustments necessary are made. Event leaders and deputy leaders are
assigned, who have responsibility for managing the activity or trip. On completion of the planning
and risk assessment, the documents are reviewed by the EVC (Educational Visits Coordinator), Mr
Scott, and/or the Executive Head teachers, depending on the nature of the trip or activity.
Contributions for Educational visits

Cracoe and Rylstone CE Primary School follows current legislation with regard to charging for school
activities. We try to keep costs to a minimum but will ask parents/carers for a voluntary contribution
towards certain activities such as educational outings and school journeys. If there are insufficient
contributions, trips and activities may have to be cancelled, sadly.

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