Anger as Hartlepool school’s Paris trip is cancelled

People lay flowers and tributes outside Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
People lay flowers and tributes outside Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Parents have been left facing a host of issues after a school’s decision to cancel a trip to Paris in the wake of the terror attacks.

About 30 children from Dyke House College were due to head to the French capital on Wednesday, December 16, for a three-day trip.

Dyke House headteacher Andrew Jordon

Dyke House headteacher Andrew Jordon

The school has decided the break, which was to include ice skating under the Eiffel Tower and a trip to Disneyland, will now take place during the Easter break.

Parents are angry they were not consulted and some say they will lose their £385 because insurance firms will not pay out over terrorism.

Others have already booked holidays at Easter and believe the break should be taken in school time given the circumstances.

One mum said: “Most of them really think they should have been given some choice.

Most of them really think they should have been given some choice.

Angry mother

“A lot of them were not particularly keen for the trip to go ahead at all.

“Not one single parent was consulted.”

Headteacher Andrew Jordon said: “The re-scheduling of the trip any time soon, given the current situation in France, would not be a wise move.

“The decision was governed by a few factors – availability, in terms of travel and accommodation bookings, the school curriculum, the trip had to take place during the school holidays, not term-time.

“For obvious reasons and when there are so many children involved, it is impossible to cater to all parents’ needs.”

The school is looking to sign up pupils to take the place of those who can longer go and therefore create a refund.