Schools and staff are there for the benefit of the children and not the other way around. I had to point this out to my children's schools on more than one occasion. The OP is not a small child. She has the right to refuse to go on the trip if she does not wish to. Her reasons may be perfectly valid and as she is an older pupil, there is no reason why she can't supervise her own study.
It's more that the school should suck it up and realise that on this occasion it isn't going to go their way.
"Compulsory" school trip. Watch
- 07-07-2016 19:04
- 07-07-2016 19:06
I don't really understand why there is such a big deal about going on a school trip though. It will surely benefit the OP. Has the OP given mitigating circumstances or just a wall of silence like they have done on here?
- 07-07-2016 19:12
She doesn't need mitigating circumstances and she is the best judge of deciding whether or not the trip will be of benefit to her. As she says, the trip is to a uni which is not offering the degree she is interested in.
(Original post by chemphys)
- 07-07-2016 19:42
You might be right in principle but just being pragmatic , i would try and go just for the sake of it. You may require references for uni and this is the time to be getting on the good side of staff. Having said that if you really have strong reason (which it seems you have - won't ask as it seems personal ) , you have every right not to go. In fact in an ideal world , where people don't have grudges , i would have no hesitation in telling you to not go if you are willing to attend school. To summarise , in principle you seem to be in the right , but you're best placed to judge the safest decision.(Original post by JamesN88)
This sounds like a classic example of a jobsworth on a power trip as they have no power to force you to go or fine you if you don't as long as you attend school.
"Personal reasons" sounds like a euphemism for "can't be arsed" which is a perfectly valid reason none the less if you have no intention of applying to that university, but as above for the sake of not rocking the boat it might be worth just going, it's only one day after all.