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

Teenagers lose £2,000 each after school pulls out of Kenya project

Teenagers lose £2,000 each after school pulls out of Kenya project

Head teacher Chris Hummerstone

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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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12:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Sounds like the schools have done well. Dangerous place at the best of times.
Sounds like the schools have done well. Dangerous place at the best of times. townieboy
  • Score: 9

2:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

"Teenager Loses 2 Thousand Pounds"
Child obesity again?
"Teenager Loses 2 Thousand Pounds" Child obesity again? Brite Spark
  • Score: -10

6:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

northamboyofold says...

Brite Spark wrote:
"Teenager Loses 2 Thousand Pounds"
Child obesity again?
Another Brite Spark remark!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: "Teenager Loses 2 Thousand Pounds" Child obesity again?[/p][/quote]Another Brite Spark remark!!!!!!!! northamboyofold
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

They deserve to get their money back
They deserve to get their money back Mary80
  • Score: 2

7:59am Thu 27 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

"It comes after teachers from all the schools involved in the trip travelled to Kenya to carry out a routine risk assessment" At their own expense? I have never been to Africa and have absolutely no desire to do so, nor any comprehension of why anyone else would, but from a very cursory examination of my daily paper I can tell you that each and every African country, save Botswana, is considerably more dangerous than Hampshire. That cost me 5 days' newspapers, £7, and not a penny to the taxpayer but of course I'm no part of the public sector like these oppressed teachers who really weren't having a jolly at our expense, oh no guv, on me muvver's life guv. Then they go on strike.
"It comes after teachers from all the schools involved in the trip travelled to Kenya to carry out a routine risk assessment" At their own expense? I have never been to Africa and have absolutely no desire to do so, nor any comprehension of why anyone else would, but from a very cursory examination of my daily paper I can tell you that each and every African country, save Botswana, is considerably more dangerous than Hampshire. That cost me 5 days' newspapers, £7, and not a penny to the taxpayer but of course I'm no part of the public sector like these oppressed teachers who really weren't having a jolly at our expense, oh no guv, on me muvver's life guv. Then they go on strike. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

12:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

Surely a simple solution avoiding the need for costly legal action and to get the school off the hook would be for a responsible parent or two to go along on the trip......
Surely a simple solution avoiding the need for costly legal action and to get the school off the hook would be for a responsible parent or two to go along on the trip...... Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Hiram Abiff says...

Kenya is less dangerous to visit than London.

However we all know about Arnewood School and how bad their educational standards are compared with nearby schools like Highclife, The Grange and even Twnham schools. It comes as no surprise that their staff are clueless about Kenya, they can't even teach properly.

PS This is not a random remark, my son made the mistake of choosing Arnewood for his sixth form years - they're useless. We have already alerted the schools inspectors.
Kenya is less dangerous to visit than London. However we all know about Arnewood School and how bad their educational standards are compared with nearby schools like Highclife, The Grange and even Twnham schools. It comes as no surprise that their staff are clueless about Kenya, they can't even teach properly. PS This is not a random remark, my son made the mistake of choosing Arnewood for his sixth form years - they're useless. We have already alerted the schools inspectors. Hiram Abiff
  • Score: 2

8:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

"Kenya is less dangerous to visit than London. "
Well, you may be right in as much as there are more foreigners in London. But at the moment London still doesn't have Somaliland as its northern border.
"Kenya is less dangerous to visit than London. " Well, you may be right in as much as there are more foreigners in London. But at the moment London still doesn't have Somaliland as its northern border. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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