Trips & Expeditions
Trips and expeditions provide excellent learning platforms, widening pupils’ horizons and providing personal challenge and enjoyment with friends. Pupils have numerous opportunities to take part in field trips and expeditions in the UK and overseas, both as part of their academic courses and as enrichment experiences.
The Classics department runs trips abroad every two years, for approximately 40 students, visiting ancient sites in Italy and Greece. These are open to students taking Latin and Ancient History at GCSE and/or A Level. The Italy trip takes in Rome and the Bay of Naples for Pompeii and Vesuvius. In Greece, the group visits Athens, Olympia, Delphi and other famous sites. Pupils also visit places of interest as part of Religious Studies, History and Politics syllabuses.
Our linguists get the chance to practise their skills abroad, for example at a German Christmas market in Cologne, while expeditions for geographers have included the Lake District, the North Yorkshire coast, South America and Iceland. Our musicians regularly tour abroad, performing in Paris, Barcelona, Cyprus and Belgium in recent years.
Sport is another area where pupils get to travel and play competitive sport either in the UK or overseas. Sports tours for boys and girls have taken place to Australia, South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand, Holland and Spain.
The two annual skiing trips and adventure activities such as kayaking, rock-climbing and the annual walking expedition are all in addition to our daily activities programme within school. The ski trips – one for junior and Year 6 pupils to French resort of Courcheval, and a Sixth Form trip to Kitzbuhel, in Austria – are run by qualified staff, Mr Bishop who holds ISIA Mountain Safety (Off Piste) certification and Mr Nicholson, who a fully qualified Alpine Ski Leader.