Local Learning Area Visits
Local Learning Area Visits
Visits/activities within the ‘Local Learning Area’, that are part of the normal curriculum and take place during the normal school day, will follow these operating procedures.
Local Learning Area visits/activities:
- are recorded on our school trip management system
- do not require specified parental consent in addition to completion and return of the consent form (at the end of this document)
- do notify parents, in writing, and in advance of any off-site visit
- do not normally need additional risk assessments/notes
The agreed boundary has been set to 1.5mile radius of Bournemouth School. Our Local Learning Area includes, but is not limited to, the following frequently used venues:
- Bournemouth School for Girls
- Epiphany School
- Jewell Academy
- Muscliff Primary School
Areas within the Boundaries
Due to the school’s location, any visits accessing water (river, sea etc) or adventurous activity within the local learning area will require a separate risk assessment.
Operating Procedure for Local Learning Area (for routine activities)
The following are potentially significant issues/hazards within our Local Learning Area:
- Road traffic
- Members of the public
- Animals (domestic and farm)
- Losing a student
- Uneven surfaces and slips, trips, and falls
- Weather conditions
- Activity specific issues when doing fieldwork (nettles, brambles, rubbish, etc)
These are managed by a combination of the following:
- A member of the senior leadership team is required to approve all visits
- Only staff who have completed the specified trip leader training are judged competent to supervise groups off-site
- Parents will be notified in advance in writing of any off-site local area visits
- There will normally be a minimum of two adults (this will be dependent on number of, and age of, students attending)
- Staff are familiar with the area, and have practiced appropriate group management techniques.
- Students are instructed on safe techniques for road crossings in a group.
- Where appropriate, students are fully briefed on what to do if they become separated from the group
- Students’ clothing and footwear is checked for appropriateness prior to leaving school.
- Staff are aware of any relevant student medical information and ensure that any required medication is available.
- Staff will record the activity on our school trip management system
- A mobile phone is taken with each group and the school office have the number recorded.
- A first aid kit is taken with each group.
- Appropriate personal protective equipment is taken when needed (e.g. gloves, facemasks, bag for waste, tissues etc.)
- All road crossings will be by use of specific safe crossings on route (e.g. pelican/zebra crossings)
- Where indirect supervision takes place at the authorised destination, the meeting point will be confirmed beforehand - there will always be a member of staff at the meeting point at all times
- Students are informed that they are not permitted to make any purchases whilst off the school site