As a school we are committed to broadening the educational experience for all our pupils and consequently offer a wide variety of trips and visits to our pupils. Our educational visits vary from visits to museums or galleries, theatres to watch a play, universities, or study aspects of the local geography and history. Equally they may visit a London attraction such as the London Eye or Aquarium. We also offer residential field courses, as well as trips to Europe.

Learning outside the classroom gives students the opportunity to put real life situations into context and apply what they have learnt in class to the real world. It contributes to raising standards and improves pupil’s personal, social and emotional development.

In the report ‘How Far Should You Go’ (2008) Ofsted stated that on average children watch more than 17 hours of television per week and are spending more than 20 hours a week online. Visits therefore have an important role to play in helping young people develop healthy lifestyles and a good work life balance. It equally re-engages them with the natural environment encouraging respect and development of a sustainable way of living for the future.

As a school we hope to encourage ten outcomes from educational visits:

  • Enjoyment and Fulfillment
  • Confidence
  • Social Awareness
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Activity Skills
  • Key Skills
  • Personal Qualities
  • Health and Fitness
  • Motivation
  • Broadened Horizons


Prior to students attending school trips parents/carers are required to provide formal authorisation.


Trip Timetable

Date Place Year Group Purpose
15 September 2017 Ypres Yr9&10 Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity
23-25 September 2017 GCSE Geography Field Trip to Weymouth Yr11 GCSE Geography
25 September 2017 Stay & Play, Basildon Yr11 RM students GCSE Resistant Materials
27 September 2017 Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal
Westcliff Theatre
Yr10 Drama Students Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity
27 September 2017 Brilliant Club Graduation
University of Cambridge
Yr11 Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity
27 September 2017 Stay & Play, Basildon Yr11 Tx students GCSE Textiles
11 October 2017 Brilliant Club Launch Trip
Cambridge University
Yr10 Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity
14 October 2017 Photography Trip,
Southend on Sea
Yr11 Photography students GCSE Photography
16 October 2017 Creative Arts Fair,
Woodlands School
Yr10 Photography and Media students GCSE Photography/Media
20-22 October 2017 Bude, Cornwall Yr9 & 10 GCSE PE
15 November 2017 Shakespeare Festival – Final Performance
Westcliff Theatre
Yr10 Drama students Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity
16 November 2017 The King John School
Sixth Form
Yr11 Improve aspiration
28 November 2017 England Woman’s FIFA Qualifier
Colchester Football Ground
Yr7 & 8 Football teams Rewards
29 November 2017 ESU MACE Public Speaking Competition
1 x Yr 8 student
1 x Yr10 student
Enrichment Opportunity
30 November-1 December 2017 Headteachers’ Conference
Selected Yr7-10 Enrichment Opportunity
1 February 2018 Young Voices Choir
O2 Arena
Yr7, 8 & 9 Enrichment and Cultural Opportunity