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Southgate Primary’s free ‘splendid trip’ to Chessington

Schools or extra-curricular groups can still win free travel to planned outtings – nominate yours now (closing date midnight, 1 July 2018).



Pupils from Southgate Primary School in Crawley, West Sussex, enjoyed a ‘Splendid Trip’ to Chessington World of Adventures last week after being selected as the first winner of Southern Transit’s free travel competition.

As winners, more than 60 pupils from Southgate Primary School were treated to free return-travel to the theme park on one of Southern Transit’s new 72-seater ‘Citymaster’ double-decker buses.

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Southern Transit also organised for the children to be entertained by a VIP guest on the bus, Safari Sam, who captivated the youngsters with his hilarious, yet educational, facts about all the animals found at Chessington World of Adventures’ zoo.

Chris McGivern, a Year 6 teacher from Southgate Primary who nominated the school for the competition, said:

“Winning the competition helped create a truly unforgettable experience for the children. It enabled us to take them to Chessington World of Adventures resort, and boy did they have an adventure! The children absolutely loved it and I know they will never forget such a fun day. Ever.

“When the children saw Southern Transit’s bus, they were instantly enthralled – it was a double decker! Our tour guide, the utterly brilliant Safari Sam, eagerly welcomed them on to the bus where they excitedly took their seats; particularly loving the tables and spacious seating.

“The teachers also really appreciated the on board Wi-Fi and USB charging points too! Combine all of this with an incredibly friendly and accommodating driver and the perfect journey to Chessington was created. Thank you Southern Transit!”

Neil Bird, Southern Transit, added:

“We are delighted that the children from Southgate Primary School had such as wonderful experience as the first winners of our ‘Splendid Trips’ competition. We launched this campaign as we all remember our school outings as a child being the highlight of the academic year and it would be dreadful if today’s youngsters were unable to benefit from the same learning experiences outside of the classroom because the school’s purse-strings simply don’t allow it.

“We are offering three further opportunities for Sussex schools or extra-curricular groups to win free travel for their planned outings throughout the year, and nominations for the next round (for a trip taking place in July/August) are now being accepted. It’s not just about the travel though, we will also organise a unique surprise guest on the bus for each of the winning organisations.”

Anyone can nominate a school or extra-curricular group (Scouts, Brownies, youth and sports clubs etc) as long as the organisation is based in Sussex, and the trip they have planned is a non-residential day return within the South East of England.

Nominations should be emailed to or posted to:

Southern Transit’s ‘Splendid Trips’, c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9HP.

Every nomination should include the school or organisation’s name, contact details, planned trip destination and potential dates, along with the nominees contact details.

The closing date for the second round of nominations is midnight on Sunday 1st July 2018

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Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week



West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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