Trips form a crucial aspect of young people's learning. They enhance the student experience by giving a broader perspective on issues covered in school and developing cultural capital to broaden the student experience for all. The trips program supports students from compulsory curriculum experiences to optional activities and cultural trips that allow students to move away from their comfort zone. As a London school, we aim to take advantage of the very best that London has to offer and visit other parts of the UK and abroad to learn and appreciate the world beyond our city.
We provide financial support to all students eligible for pupil premium grant for all trips. We established some of the trips identified below pre-pandemic, and we will re-establish these when feasible over the coming months and year.
In year 7, the trips are designed to develop students' cultural capital and enrich their curriculum learning. In previous years, Year 7 have visited the principal London art galleries and visited Cadogan hall to hear The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. There are also optional trips such as the language trip to experience French markets and practice French knowledge.
Year 8 experience a team-building activities week to learn to work together and support each other. Activities week supports student relationships through the year group and builds into the vital work that is developed in year 9
Year 9 students can attend various career-based trips to venues such as Canterbury Cathedral, the London Stock Exchange and Stamford Bridge. All are designed to enhance students' knowledge and prepare and develop aspirations for their future, supporting the school aim of students being happy in life and successful in higher education or the inspiring career pathway of their choice. We are also re-establishing our Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme. We intend for Year 9 to complete their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award throughout year 9, including completing the expedition element, which supports the development of independence and teamwork.
In years 10 and 11, various subject-based opportunities are developed to support curriculum knowledge and understanding. Geography students are taken to Seaford to understand coastal processes and management in situ, whilst History students are taken to the WW1 battlefields to develop their historical understanding. In 2023, a small group of Year 10s will have the opportunity to visit Gallipoli with the Gallipoli association, an exciting chance for students to appreciate a complex piece of history. There are also many trips to the theatre for drama and galleries to support art understanding.
Overseas visits play an important part in the school calendar. In previous years students have had the opportunity to visit New York (Art and Drama), South of France for a Water Sports trip (PE), Berlin and Ireland (History), Iceland and the Amalfi coast (Geography), Beijing (Languages) and Romania (Economics).