We are truly devastated to announce that we will not be able to accommodate schools’ residential visits to the Conway Centres this summer term 2021.
The DfE have recently updated their operational guidance to include further clarification on resuming overnight visits from 17th May 2021. Sadly, the government guidance does not follow the guidance recommended by the industry and like many other centres, the guidance is restricting our ability to open. We must act in line with any current guidance and what that stipulates is required to keep our guests safe.
We understand how hugely disappointing this must be, and we wholly empathise with those schools who have expressed frustration at this conflicting and somewhat illogical guidance, outlined for you below – please know that we have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to prepare our centres to a standard where we believe your visit could resume safely and have continually pressured the Government and DfE alongside other industry experts.
Guidance for England states that:
- A maximum of 6 pupils from the same bubble to be accommodated in a sleeping area which has adequate space and ventilation.
- Members of staff have their own single room and do not share with other members of staff.
- Residential visit bubbles should have exclusive access to their own bathroom facilities. Where possible, shared shower arrangements should mirror the arrangements put in place for sleeping areas, where the bubble is broken down into smaller groups if larger than 6.
If you are familiar with our centre, you will know that our sleeping arrangements are just not set up to be able to further divide class bubbles or provide the sleeping arrangements for teachers as required by this updated guidance.
Guidance for Wales is different to England and states that:
- Welsh government ‘continue to advise against residential domestic educational visits’. Read more here. This also applies to any schools in England wishing to undertake trips in Wales.
- Any change in this guidance will be announced in line with the national alert levels in Wales. From 17/05/2021 Wales has entered alert level 2, allowing for single occupancy sleeping arrangements only.
- There is currently no roadmap in Wales for moving to alert level 1, the level required for residentials of more than single occupancy to be deemed safe to go ahead.
We expect that guidance will be updated swiftly in line with national restrictions and that all bookings can commence from September.
As you know, we have worked closely with schools ensuring that no school has incurred a financial loss:
- We will contact you to re-schedule your planned visit to an available date in the next academic year when we reopen.
- There will be no financial impact on you moving your booking and no cancellation fee applied.
We cannot wait to have your young people back on site and enjoying our activities and we hope to see you again soon in the next academic year. We will be in touch regarding your booking in due course, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the team via email@example.com