Trips and visits serve to enrich and extend the curriculum and to provide experiences that our students might not otherwise have, challenging them to try new things and move outside their comfort zone. These range from local day trips to once-in-a-lifetime expeditions to remote locations globally.

Trips typically run at Key Stage 3 include visits to Watford Museum, a Drama theatre trip to the pantomime and a D&T Trip to Thorpe Park. Year 7 culminates with a residential trip which the entire year are encouraged to attend. The aim is to further develop their teamworking skills and resilience, to challenge themselves to try new and exciting activities and to further develop their network of friends prior to moving into Year 8.

Other trips typically include galleries, museums and theatre trips, maths competitions and fieldwork trips in Geography and Biology. Sports fixtures regularly take students off-site to compete against other schools and overseas trips to Iceland, Amsterdam and World War 1 battlefields are key highlights of the extended curricular calendar. Many lucky students have also had the opportunity to take part in expeditions open to students in Year 10 and above to locations such as Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

Across Years 9-13, we run the highly acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, with students in Year 9 having the opportunity to participate in Bronze Award, students in Years 10 and 11 Silver Award and students in Years 12 and 13 the prestigious Gold Award. This very popular scheme sees students developing their individual and teamwork skills, making a contribution to the community and challenging themselves in terms of their physical fitness, independence and resilience on overnight expeditions. When we speak to former students who come back to visit us or to our Year 13 students, just as they are poised to leave the school, it is these trips which often form the basis of their fondest memories of school life

The ‘News’ page on our website is often updated with articles on trip, written by the students. Click here to read more.