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School trip to Paris cancelled over terrorist fears

Politics / Wed 25th Nov 2015 at 11:56am

TricolourA FESTIVE school trip to France has been cancelled in light of recent events.

Students from Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, and Forest Hall School, in Stansted, were due to take the trip this weekend to practise their French speaking.

Following the terrorist attacks which took place in Paris on Friday November 13, the schools have been forced to make the decision in the best interests of their young people.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recommended British schools planning to take groups to France follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel.

Helena Mills, head of both Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust schools, said: “The safety of our children is the most important thing to us. I wouldn’t feel I was doing my job if I allowed that trip to go ahead because the world doesn’t feel very safe for our children at the moment.

“It is such a shame as we know how excited our children were and how much they love to go and practise their French actually in France with French people.

“They had such exciting things planned on the trip, but we hope we can work with the travel company and organise it for another time.”

The students were due to visit a Christmas market during the trip.

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