School trip cancelled after Brussels attack

Martin Smith Axe Valley Community College head

Martin Smith Axe Valley Community College head - Credit: Archant

Twenty-five Axe Valley Community College students were due to take part in a four day cultural visit to Belgium

The Axe Valley Community College has cancelled a trip to Brussels tomorrow (Thursday March 24) in the wake of the terrorist bombings.

Twenty-five students from Years seven to 13 were due to take part in this four day cultural visit.

But following consultation with officials at Devon County Council and the tour operator, the decision was taken to cancel the trip because of the security risks in Belgium.

Headteacher Martin Smith said: “Our number one priority is safety. In the wake of the terrible attacks on Brussels on Tuesday it became clear very quickly that it would no longer be safe to take a school trip to Belgium.

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“The college met with parents of children due to take part in the trip on Tuesday evening to discuss whether we explore alternative tours or cancel the trip.

“We were all in agreement that the most sensible decision would be to cancel the trip and re-organise a trip for later in the year. Parents will receive a full refund for the cost of trip as it is covered by our insurance.

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“Naturally, we are very disappointed that our students will miss out this Easter on this opportunity they have been looking forward to and would like to thank parents / carers for their support over the matter.”

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