Excursions

Spending time outside school to visit places and attractions relevant to the curriculum or just for fun enhances children’s learning and adds to their future memories of a happy time at Prep School. We make the most of our wonderful location in Northern England to visit venues of educational interest to further the children’s learning and to encourage follow up work in the classroom.

All children at Prep School have the opportunity to go on school trips throughout the year. Most of the excursions are by class or year group, although every year we all thoroughly enjoy our whole-school trip to the Christmas pantomime at Darlington Civic Theatre. The Pre-Prep children also come together for their annual summer outing, while the older children have the opportunity to enjoy residential trips, both in the UK and abroad. Our boarders enjoy a variety of trips at weekends year round.

In support of the work in and outside the classroom, we also welcome visitors into school to contribute further to the children’s experiences, learning and understanding of the world they live in, for example, visiting Police Officers, The Dogs Trust and the Bloodhound land speed record challenge team.

Examples of destinations for each year group may include:
Reception – Raby Castle and Barnard Castle Fire Station
Year 1 – Preston Hall Museum and Butterfly World, Bowes Museum and the Beatrix Potter Museum
Year 2 – The Oriental Museum, Durham; Sunderland Glass Museum and Locomotion, The National Railway Museum
Year 3 – Segedunum Roman Fort, the Hancock Museum and Bowes Museum
Year 4 – Arbeia Roman Fort, The Life Centre and Gibside Estate
Year 5 – Hamsterley Forest, White Scar Caves, Bolton Castle, Robinwood Activity Centre and France
Year 6 – London, Eden Camp, Beamish, Lightwater Valley, Robinwood Activity Centre, France and skiing.

“A variety of educational visits extends the pupils’ knowledge and experiences.” Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2016