Project information

Paris for a day

Many of our pupils have never travelled by mainline train, nor been out of London or sometimes even islington. A trip to Paris for our Year 7 pupils, where they see the iconic sites and have a planned session to practise the French they have been learning throughout the year.

July 2016 - July 2016

Charity information: Highbury Grove School Foundation

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  • Need


    Progress in foreign language ability in UK schools has been declining and our pupils are taught French with emphasis on speaking from the start. Many of our students however have never been out of London, let alone to another country and would be unlikely to do so with their family through financial and cultural disadvantage. Our school profile is over 80% students with ethnic minority background and over 50% free school meals.


    The school and the Foundation will subsidise students as much as they need to attend the trip so removing barriers to learning and to provide them with experience of travel. The short trip will give pupils a feel for the French culture, and an opportunity to use their knowlege in a real situation in small groups as planned and practised . Back in school, students will replay their experience to gain the most out of their day.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give 150 pupils an opportunity to visit Paris, see specific cultural spots and speak and hear French


    » During the day trip, pupils in small groups will have specific simple tasks to perform around the district of Monmartre.
    » Pupils will visit Notre Dame cathedral and surrounding area to get a sense of French culture

    What success will look like

    The pupils will replay the interactions in class situation on their return, and create short videos.

  • Impact


    French is now the main language for our school. There will be a greater emphasis on class interaction this year and long term we want to see higher attainment in public examinations across all ability groups. In 2015 82 students took French with 44% attaining A*-C grades., up from 40 the year before and this year 90 pupils will take the subject.


    RISK Pupils will choose not to attend - as this trip is offered with maximum subsidy to those who need it,, we have removed the main barrier to attendance. The popularity of this trip is not in doubt and
    RISK Not enough money raised - the school will assist with the balance for the trip, some parents may offer voluntary contributions.
    Disturbance in travel through the tunnel - we have had experience of this and take train in preference to a coach.


    A report of number of attendees and results of survey of students, together with video evidence of their re-enacted conversations

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Transport Eurostar ticket and river cruise in Paris
      £1,000 staff cover school cost to replace staff travelling

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Highbury Grove School £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Highbury grove school is situated in Islington, one of the poorest boroughs in the England being 14th on the Index of Multiple Deprivation and also the most densely populated. At Highbury Grove School, the largest community comprehensive school in Islington, around 80% of pupil are of Black and Minority Ethnic background, whilst over 50% are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) compared to 14% in the rest of England. islington has the least green space of any London Borough.


    Highbury Grove School has become oversubscribed however in spite of increased middle class families there is still an highly deprived profile overall. In Key Stage 3 (up to 14) 77% of students are minority ethnic background and speak 22 languages. Many of these students have no opportunity for any travel experience and will never have been abroad. A trip such as this is both a good experience for language learning and an incentive for adhering to behaviour targets which benefit the community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Highbury Grove School Foundation assist the school in funding extra educational activities, and because the school is a true community school, the benefits are going to pupils in the local area. The Foundation wants to ensure there is no financial barrier to enhanced learning so will assist the school with this trip which enhances the curriculum

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phil Bennett

    Phil Bennett is a language teacher at Highbury Grove school and his knowledge and motivation will ensure the trip is a success