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Year 7 trip to France - any advice gratefully received!!

Discussion in 'School trips' started by sarah_cave23, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm just in the final stages of organising a trip for 59 year 7 kids over Easter (I know, I must be mad!!), have gone through a company who have been really helpful and our itinerary is pretty much sorted, but just wondering if anyone who has run a Year 7 trip before has any advice on logistics of things?!!? I've had very mixed advice on keeping the kids under close reins/letting them loose, so would welcome any ideas/suggestions from anyone who's maybe run anything similar in the past on the best way to organise the kids on a day-to-day basis?!

    Many thanks!!
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    This needs to be part of your risk assesment. he level of freedom you give the kids will depend on

    1) The maturity of the kids

    2) The venues you are visiting

    3) The staff ratio.

    60 of our yr 7s are in France at the moment. The teacher in charge is happy to let them off the lease at the chateau where they stay (it is way out of town, in its own grounds but keeps them in small groups under adult supervision when they are on visits to towns and attractions.

    We used to run a trip to calais for a mixed 7yr 7 to 9 group of up to 70 kids. Part of the trip was inside the Cite De Europe. In there they were allowed off in small groups of 5 minimum and were not allowed outside unless they were helping a staff member to push trollies of booze back to the coach! The staff set up camp in a restaurant next to the meeting point so tha they could find someone if they needed to. This was manned on a rota to give staff some free time. usually as you wandered round you attracted a gaggle of kids.
  3. Hello,

    I am trying to oraganize a trip to Spain. May I ask you what company did you use, please?
    Thank you

  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    We didn't. Just booked a coach and organised a group passport!
  5. Maximum of 2h at a time wandering around in groups of 3 minimum and NEVER alone would be a good idea obviously not all day every day.

    Where are you going?
  6. Hello, sorry for this delayed response, we booked through Equity Travel who were really helpful, would definitely reccomend them! Having survived my first trip, just give us a shout if there's anything I can do to help!


  7. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Well done. It is good to get your first trip under your belt.

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