The school values the importance of offering a wide range of sports tours to its students. More notable tours in recent years have included Rugby tours to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa and Namibia; Cricket tours to Barbados; Netball tours to Australia; Hockey tours to Canada.
In addition to these annual trips are also taken to Ireland for Rugby, Jersey for Cricket, and Switzerland for Rowing camps, at other times of the year.
Language is for communication and trips and exchanges provide the ideal opportunity to communicate. Opportunities abound, from Year Seven and Eight trips alternating between the Cologne Christmas markets and Parc Asterix, through to Sixth Form work experience for one to three weeks. Sixth Form linguists are strongly encouraged to immerse themselves in foreign culture and language for two to three weeks as part of their studies.
The French Department conducts week-long exchanges with Worcester's twin Le Vésinet, near Paris and with a school near Lille for Years Nine to Thirteen, as well as a Sixth Form exchange with the Sacré-Coeur School in Reims, the capital of Champagne.
The German Department offers alternating annual Year Ten exchanges with Cologne and Memmingen near the Alps in Bavaria, with its summer festival. Sixth Formers visit the ever-changing metropolis of Berlin and conduct individual work experience in Austria or Germany.
The Spanish Department has links with a school in the city of Zaragoza for a Year Ten exchange as well as a programme of work experience for the Sixth Form.
We take fairly regular day trips to local Roman sites, such as Bath (Years 10 and 11) and Cirencester (Year 8). Sixth Form trips are run from time to time to the British Museum and various Greek plays. Most years we run a weeklong trip at Easter to Greece (including Athens, Delphi and Olympia) or Italy (visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum): these are open to students of any age group.
Fieldwork is considered to be a valuable learning tool and is integrated into all levels of the department's teaching, ranging from school site studies to residential trips. All Lower Sixth geographers visit a field study centre on the Gower, in South Wales and, in the summer, a group of about 40 GCSE pupils head off for the French Alps.
The trips organised by the Art Department for examination pupils, form an important part of our critical and contextual studies programme. GCSE pupils spend 5 days in St. Ives, Cornwall where they visit the Tate Gallery, smaller galleries and artists' studios. Internationally known artists run practical workshops and deliver slide lectures in the hotel each evening. A Level students have the opportunity to visit galleries throughout England and in European cities such as Paris, Nice, New York, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
The Chemistry and Physics departments make regular trips to Birmingham University to attend evening lectures, aimed at Sixth Formers. Topics vary considerably and very often include insights into cutting edge developments, by pioneers in their fields.
Religion and Philosophy
Observing the wide cultural and spiritual differences around us is important, and a number of trips by the Religion and Philosophy Department help students to do this, as well as interacting. Examples include joint trips with a German partner school to the Netherlands, visiting and help cleaning war graves, and visiting the Anne Frank House. Further afield, the Department is central to a tour of the Holy Lands. Closer to home are visits to Mosques and Oxford conferences on theology.