Teenagers lose £2,000 each after Arnewood School pulls out of Kenya expedition

Bournemouth Echo: Teenagers lose £2,000 each after school pulls out of Kenya expedition Teenagers lose £2,000 each after school pulls out of Kenya expedition

THEY were eagerly looking forward to the trip and spent months raising the money needed to meet the cost of flights and other expenses.

But eight Hampshire teenagers have each been left almost £2,000 out of pocket after their school withdrew its support for their four-week expedition to Kenya, claiming it was too dangerous.

It comes after teachers from all the schools involved in the trip travelled to Kenya to carry out a routine risk assessment.

Their pre-arranged visit took place just weeks after gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and killed more than 60 people, including several Britons.

The Arnewood School in New Milton originally supported the Camps International trip, despite the shootings. But now the school is refusing to allow a member of staff to accompany the students after accusing Camps International of putting expedition members at risk by changing its travel plans – a claim the company denies.

Following the school’s decision, eight of the 15 pupils pulled out of the project and are demanding a refund. But Camps International is refusing to hand back the £1,980 they have paid towards the cost of the £3,860 trip, claiming the money is non-refundable under an agreement signed by the students’ families.

The Ringwood-based business says parents are now pursuing Arnewood and its head teacher Chris Hummerstone on the grounds that the expedition was originally advertised as a school trip.

The month-long visit to Kenya is due to take place in July.

Students from Arnewood and other schools will take part in several environmental projects and will also get a chance to go scuba diving.

But an Arnewood spokesman said staff had “serious safety concerns” about the expedition.

He said Camps International had changed its original flight arrangements, altering the destination from Mombasa to Nairobi, which, he said, involved a longer and riskier journey to the camps. He added: “It is with great regret that we can no longer support this particular visit.

“We have held meetings with parents to inform them of our decision and the reasons why, but as this is not a school-organised trip we cannot make the final decision on whether students travel or not.”

But Camps International said people taking part in its Kenyan trips “predominantly” went via Nairobi.

A spokesman said: “We will never operate in an environment or location where there is an unacceptable risk to our clients or staff. There is absolutely no reason for Arnewood to have withdrawn its support.”

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4:00pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Branksome snail says...

So who funded the teachers trip to Kenya to do a "risk assesment"? and did they go via Nairobi?

It does sound a bit like it was a school "supported" trip, and im sure the money is refundable if the itinary has changed. Just get a good lawyer.

The school should certainly be arbitrating in this though and Camps International should buck their ideas up.

Its funny isnt it. The school dont seem to be fighting for the children very much, all went to Kenya to do an "asessment" (paid for i presume) and yet the children all lose out.

And who's on strike today?.... oh yes, the teachers....funny old world
So who funded the teachers trip to Kenya to do a "risk assesment"? and did they go via Nairobi? It does sound a bit like it was a school "supported" trip, and im sure the money is refundable if the itinary has changed. Just get a good lawyer. The school should certainly be arbitrating in this though and Camps International should buck their ideas up. Its funny isnt it. The school dont seem to be fighting for the children very much, all went to Kenya to do an "asessment" (paid for i presume) and yet the children all lose out. And who's on strike today?.... oh yes, the teachers....funny old world Branksome snail
  • Score: 12

5:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

Branksome snail wrote:
So who funded the teachers trip to Kenya to do a "risk assesment"? and did they go via Nairobi?

It does sound a bit like it was a school "supported" trip, and im sure the money is refundable if the itinary has changed. Just get a good lawyer.

The school should certainly be arbitrating in this though and Camps International should buck their ideas up.

Its funny isnt it. The school dont seem to be fighting for the children very much, all went to Kenya to do an "asessment" (paid for i presume) and yet the children all lose out.

And who's on strike today?.... oh yes, the teachers....funny old world
How many of these overworked, underpaid poor as mice teachers went on this risk assessment holiday? If it is not school sponsored, why would they be sending a teacher in the first place? And these cretins want our support in their fight for even more money? As schools don't break up till the 23rd July, I'm assuming all the parents of those students that go will be fined for their offspring not attending classes. So no, the schools can't just say "it's nothing to do with us."
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: So who funded the teachers trip to Kenya to do a "risk assesment"? and did they go via Nairobi? It does sound a bit like it was a school "supported" trip, and im sure the money is refundable if the itinary has changed. Just get a good lawyer. The school should certainly be arbitrating in this though and Camps International should buck their ideas up. Its funny isnt it. The school dont seem to be fighting for the children very much, all went to Kenya to do an "asessment" (paid for i presume) and yet the children all lose out. And who's on strike today?.... oh yes, the teachers....funny old world[/p][/quote]How many of these overworked, underpaid poor as mice teachers went on this risk assessment holiday? If it is not school sponsored, why would they be sending a teacher in the first place? And these cretins want our support in their fight for even more money? As schools don't break up till the 23rd July, I'm assuming all the parents of those students that go will be fined for their offspring not attending classes. So no, the schools can't just say "it's nothing to do with us." ShuttleX
  • Score: 6

9:32am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ms daisy says...

Sounds like to me also this is a school supported trip if teachers went to risk assess and now the pupils cant go because its too dangerous to send a member of staff, funny how the school never worried about sending their staff to risk assess and why wasnt it risk assessed before even suggesting the trip if it was so risky. Sorry my sympathy is with those children who may have raised the money themselves and are left disapointed. Arnewood school are to blame more so than the travel company and should be made to pay up, oh and the teachers who got their freebie.
Sounds like to me also this is a school supported trip if teachers went to risk assess and now the pupils cant go because its too dangerous to send a member of staff, funny how the school never worried about sending their staff to risk assess and why wasnt it risk assessed before even suggesting the trip if it was so risky. Sorry my sympathy is with those children who may have raised the money themselves and are left disapointed. Arnewood school are to blame more so than the travel company and should be made to pay up, oh and the teachers who got their freebie. Ms daisy
  • Score: 7

9:40am Thu 27 Mar 14

MCAME1989 says...

Surely they should have done the risk assessment before taking any money!!
I bet the teachers had quite a nice little holiday!
Surely they should have done the risk assessment before taking any money!! I bet the teachers had quite a nice little holiday! MCAME1989
  • Score: 10

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