French trip is cancelled at Headlands

Headlands School headteacher Sarah Bone. -- NBFP PA1450-9
Headlands School headteacher Sarah Bone. -- NBFP PA1450-9

A school has cancelled a trip to France and Belgium this week following the terrorist attacks in Paris which killed at least 130 people.

Pupils at Headlands School were looking forward to the three-day trip planned for this Saturday, but head teacher Sarah Bone said it will not go ahead following the tragedies.

She said: “At the moment the trip is postponed. In terms of reassuring student’s parents and staff, I think it is the right thing to do.

“We have asked parents if they would like their children to travel at some point next year and we are awaiting their responses.”

The school were planning to take 39 English literature pupils to northern France and Belgium on a trip to learn more about the First World War.

The trip was expected to last three days and two nights and would have seen pupils visit a number of historically significant sites in France and Belgium.

A number of other schools throughout the East Riding also have trips to Europe planned in upcoming months.

Mike Furbank, the East Riding of Yorkshire council’s head of children and young people, education and schools, said: “We are aware of a small number of East Riding schools that have planned trips to Europe in the next few weeks.

“The council is liaising with these schools, which are all aware of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice that British schools planning to take groups to France between now and November 22 follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel.

“Decisions on whether to travel will be made by the schools, taking into account updated guidance issued by the FCO and the feelings of parents, pupils and staff.”

Headlands School will offer refunds to parents wishing not to send their children on an alternative trip.