Kenya trip cancellation 'best for our families', says West Norfolk schools group
A West Norfolk schools group says it is in contact with parents about how to recoup money paid for a cancelled expedition to Kenya.
The trip, which had been organised through Camps International, was called off last week amid criticism of the company's alleged refusal to delay final payments which were meant to have been due tomorrow.
Students from the Marshland High School in West Walton, Hunstanton's Smithdon High School and the St Clements High School in Terrington St Clement were affected by the cancellation.
But the group which runs all three schools, the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said the decision was in "the best interests" of the pupils and their families.
The trust said in a statement, released late yesterday afternoon: "It was with great sadness that we took the decision last week to cancel our schools' involvement in the Camps International Expedition to Kenya this summer.
"We have been and will continue to communicate with our parents about the next steps in terms of recovering the money already paid.
"We are very grateful for the support and patience of parents at St Clement's, Smithdon and Marshland High Schools throughout this process.
"We too are disappointed that our students will not gain the experience of the expedition, but we believe this outcome is in the best interests of all our families."
The trips, which were arranged prior to the coronavirus pandemic, were initially expected to cost around £4,500 per student.
However, it was feared the final total could be up to double that, given the current requirements for quarantine both on arrival in the East African country and on returning to Britain.
Camps International has said it is "sympathetic" to the difficulties faced by families and claims the decision to cancel will not have a financial impact on parents.
But it has been accused of acting irresponsibly by failing to cancel expeditions itself and allegedly refusing to delay payments due this weekend despite pleas from schools to do so.