Trips & Visits
Educational Visits/School trips
We understand the value of learning away from the classroom and offer an extensive range of visits and residential trips across all year groups throughout the year. Visits range from subject-specific activities i.e. The Big Bang Science Fair to Theatre trips, Further Education and Higher Education taster days, trips overseas (Iceland coming up this October), regional and national competitions and much more. It is important to us that our parents and carers are fully aware of the opportunities we offer our students and why we encourage them to take part. Letters are sent to parents and carers explaining the purposes of specific trips and include any related costs and timescales, necessary consent for the students to take part and photograph permission etc.
It is very important that these forms are fully completed and returned to the named teacher before the submission deadline indicated on the letter. If the forms are not returned, the student will not be allowed to attend the visit/trip. Click on the icons below to download a copy of the latest trip letters/consent slips and general information.
Iceland Trip February 2023
The humanities department ran a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland at the end of February 2023. Students from years 9, 10 and 11 got to experience some of the famous highlights that Iceland has to offer,
On day one students travelled to Iceland and upon arrival were straight into activities including a stop at the “Bridge over the continents” and the Gunnuhver hot springs. The highlight of the first day was the relaxing stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Here students swam in the warm waters and enjoyed a silica mud mask to help them relax!
Day two started with a walk at Hveragerði to look at the geothermal activity and learn about how Iceland grows most of its fresh produce within greenhouses in the area. The rest of the day was spent around the “Golden Circle,” which included seeing the historic parliament site at Þingvellir National Park, the erupting Geysir and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. On the evening students got to experience the northern lights at the hotel.
Day three students started with a visit to the LAVA Centre to watch a film and visit the exhibition about the volcanoes of Iceland; this was followed up later in the day with the Lava Show where students got to witness was lava looks like during an eruption. The rest of the day they looked at the erosional features of the landscape with a trip along the South coast. Several waterfalls were seen including Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, a quick stop at Reynisfjara Beach where students saw the black sand, basalt columns and powerful Atlantic waves in action. On the way back to the hotel the group walked to see the Sólheimajökull glacier and witnessed how it is retreating with the effects of climate change.
Day four started with a visit to Urriðafoss waterfall which has the highest flow rate of the Icelandic waterfalls. Following this there was a stop with a talk and look at the exhibition at the Hellisheiði Power Station where they generate electricity and pump hot water to the city of Reykjavik. Students were given free time to explore the city and do a spot of shopping before heading to FlyOver Iceland. The final evening students visited the famous Hard Rock café for dinner before a stroll back along the shore to the Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. Whilst at this stop students saw the northern lights for the second time on the trip.
All students and staff had an amazing time and made memories that will last a lifetime! Just a shame that they didn’t have any snow!