Dear Parents/Carers


The residential visit will be the school’s 21st stay in Hope Valley, a beautiful area in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District between Manchester and Sheffield.  The Year 6 group will be making their visit in June 2020 and will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities in Hope Valley and the surrounding area.

The week is a combination of many activities including:

·         A guided tour of Speedwell Cavern - a disused and flooded mineshaft

·         Guided tour of Treak Cliff Cavern - the fantastic limestone showcave where the children see the famous Blue John stone – that is rarer that diamond

·         A Castleton village study and visit to Peveril Castle

·         Hill walking including Cave Dale, Mam Tor and Lose Hill

·         A visit to Eyam, "the plague village" of 1665 including a visit to the local church to see the original records of the time

·         Open-air swimming at Hathersage outdoor swimming pool

·         Gem panning and rocket making

·         Sole use of the Youth Hostel including extensive grounds for the children to play in.

We will be staying at Castleton Youth Hostel which is booked out for Orchard Junior School only.   Accommodation is in small rooms throughout the hostel. 

The food at the hostel is of a high standard with a range of choices for most tastes and dietary requirements can be met.

The residential visit has been costed very carefully on the assumption that parents wishing their children to participate will pay a contribution of £297.08 which includes full board, entrance fees to 3 attractions, travel costs and pocket money.  Whilst we appreciate that this is a rise in cost since last year, please be assured that the school have explored every possible avenue to keep costs to a minimum.

To secure a place, we require a non-returnable deposit of £60 by 25/10/19.  Followed by instalments of:- £60 by 29th November 2019, £60 by 31st January 2020, £60 by 28th February 2020 and £57.08 by 31st March 2020.

Payments should be made by cash, cheque or online.    Cheques payable to Hampshire County Council.    The final balance to be paid by 31st March 2020.   This year there are 2 options for paying for the trip.  You can opt to pay the full balance or opt to pay via instalments as detailed above.  Please indicate on the slip below which option you are taking. 

A further meeting will take place prior to the trip. 

The Year 6 trip is an unforgettable week and provides the children with varied and rich experiences.  Orchard school have been visiting Castleton for the last 21 years taking about 2100 pupils on this visit.  The work forms the cornerstone to the learning in the classroom for the whole of the summer term in Year 6 as the children study the story of Eyam in Literacy, look at the census data in Maths and compare localities for Geography.  Please feel free to ask a member of the Year 6 team if you would like to see some of the work past pupils have produced.

Please complete the slip below and send back to school as soon as possible with the deposit to secure a place on the trip for your child. 

Please do not ignore the deadline date.   If you have any concerns please contact a member of the office staff who will be able to help.

Chris Parker,
21 Oct 2019, 07:32