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Year 10 - Letter to Parents - GCSE Geography Syllabus Requirements

Permission sought for students to attend field trip visits to Shrewsbury Town Centre on 12th June and Carding Mill Valley on 23rd June 2017.

As part of the end of GCSE Geography syllabus requirements, students have to complete an exam based on fieldwork they have undertaken. This year we would like to offer the students an opportunity to experience primary data collection on two one day field trips in June. Students in Year 10 will be completing fieldwork on River Landscapes and Processes, which will then be worked on in lessons in the remainder of the Summer Term. This exam paper comprises 37.5% of the GCSE.

In order to enhance the student’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of their coursework, we have arranged data collection fieldwork visits to Shrewsbury town centre, which will take place on Monday 12th June 2017 and Carding Mill Valley, which will take place on Friday 23rd June 2017.  

We do hope you feel able to support this venture by giving permission for your child to attend.  There is a cost of £10.00 per student for transport; this price combines the costs for both trips. Under the requirements of the Education Reform Act 1996 we can only raise the cost of the visit through voluntary contributions. There is no obligation to contribute and students will not be treated differently according to whether or not any contribution has been made. However, the visit can only take place if the level of support is sufficient. Please indicate on the reply slip if you wish to apply for financial help as we can support families on low income who may be eligible to apply for assistance for their son/daughter through the school.

The deadline for reply slip and payment return is Friday 26th May 2017.  Please return your reply slip and payment to the Finance Office as soon as possible. Consent forms only need to be completed if there are any changes to the one completed for the previous field trip in March. Cheques should be made payable to “Idsall School Fund”. I am pleased to say that the school can now accept payments online, along with either cash or cheques handed into the Finance Office.  Online payments can be made via ParentPay and it offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. However, please remember to ask your child to hand in your reply slip AND consent form even if you make an online payment.

Parents and students should also be aware that if a student’s behaviour becomes unacceptable, including the inappropriate use of social media, then the school reserves the right to exclude them from the trip.  If this action were to be necessary then the school would reimburse payments in full.

Yours sincerely

Miss J Davies
Geography Teacher