Educational Visits Award

Westminster Abbey

Presented to the educational establishment that can demonstrate a commitment to providing students with a range of subject specific educational visits in order to further their learning experience.

2019 Winner
Ernesettle Community School, Devon

 Ernesettle Community School, Devon
Ernesettle Community School is in the highest quintile for deprivation in the country. It has a vision to enable every young person to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their personal development. Fully-subsidised trips, visits and visitors add to its rich educational offer. The funding that is allocated by the Governing Board aims to ensure the curriculum is as broad and inspiring as possible. Staff are given the incentive to negotiate with providers, as whatever funds are left at the end of the year can be used for ‘extra’ educational activities and opportunities. Links between local businesses (including Kawasaki and EDF), faith centres and educational centres have been established, bringing further learning opportunities.

Commended

The Weald Community School and Sixth Form, West Sussex
Pupils at The Weald Community School and Sixth Form in West Sussex experienced a different way of life during a trip to China, partnering with Luoyang High School. Over the Easter holidays, 16 year ten students embarked on the trip of a lifetime joined by maths teacher Jason Charles and English teacher Elaine McKenna. They were immersed in Chinese culture, visiting the famous Terracotta Warriors and saw the beautiful city lit up at night time around the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. They saw the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven and also the Forbidden City. The students particularly enjoyed seeing a Kung Fu show at Shaolin Temple, and took part in a Chinese calligraphy lesson before catching the train train to Luoyang, where staff at the school treated The Weald students to a Chinese banquet dinner in celebration of the exchange.

Prudhoe Community High School, Northumberland
In the summer last year, students and teachers from Prudhoe Community High School traveled to India for the cultural trip of a lifetime. Arriving in the capital city, Prudhoe kicked off their tour with some sightseeing and a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. The following day the group set off to Bodhgaya for some enlightenment as they visited the Mahabodhi Tree, Buddhist temples and the Niranjana river. The students then headed to the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi. The first evening was spent watching an Aarti prayer performance at the river Ganges, with the following morning spent on a boat to watch the sunrise over the spiritual river. The school group made some unforgettable memories over the course of the 11-day school tour.


2018 Winner
Marine Academy, Devon


 Marine Academy Portsmouth

Throughout their time at Marine Primary Academy, pupils are provided with a huge range of subject specific educational visits, all of which are fully funded by the Academy at no cost to Parents/Carers. Children from Year 5 were provided with the opportunity for a once in a lifetime trip to Lapland. The Academy worked with experienced polar explorers to plan and fundraise for the trip, which combined interactive workshops with outdoor learning and confidence building.

Commended

Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Surrey
Whitworth High, Lancashire
Bishop Aldhelm's CE Primary School, Dorset
Windsor High School and Sixth Form, West Midlands


2017 Winner
Ellesmere College

2017  Educational Visits Award winner - Ellesmere College

The Monduli Green Project is close to pupils hearts at Ellesmere College. and works with several villages and five schools to support environmental, water and educational needs of three schools in Tanzania. Fourteen pupils volunteered their time to help with infrastructure projects at Sinoni, Olarash and Mtimnoja Primary Schools.

Commended

Mildenhall College Academy
Rendcomb College
Springfield School
The Link School Pallion
Matravers School


2016 Winner
Ashby School, Leicestershire

2016 Educational Visits Award winner - Ashby School, Leicestershire

"The best school trip that I have ever been on, or will ever go on". This is just one of the comments from the 27 students at Ashby School who enjoyed a school trip to China in October last year. The trip took in sight such as Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium, Downtown Peking and Old Beijing, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and, of course, the Great Wall of China. The nine days were a ‘cultural encounter’ like no other, which saw students engaged with locals, learning snippets of mandarin, visiting a local school and exchanging questions and gifts, shopping in the street markets and eating delicacies of scorpion and grasshopper. The students were totally in awe of the whole experience. Another student summarised: “It was a fascinating country, that I wish I could have stayed in for longer.”

Commended
Springfield School, Portsmouth
LVS Ascot, Berkshire


2015 Winner
Henbury School, Bristol - GCSE Geography trip to Iceland

In April 2015, 14 intrepid Geography students from Henbury School in Bristol, who had been preparing and fundraising for the last year, finally got on the plane to Iceland. It was an unforgettable experience enjoyed by everyone, with the copious amounts of snow, the traditional Icelandic thermal outdoor swimming pool and the glacier walk being particular highlights for the students. The four days involved a trip to the Eyjafjnallajokull volcano, learning of the consequences of the 2010 eruption, the Seljalandfoss waterfall, the hot springs at Hvergerdi and Thingvellir National Park where the students saw the two tectonic plates for North America and Eurasia pulling apart.

Commended
Littleover Community School, Derby - Trip to Uganda
Holyrood Academy, Somerset  - Indian Partnership visit