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 so Trips and exchanges are an intrinsic aspect. Opportunities abound, from a Year Seven and Eight trip to Paris 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 a school near Lille for Years Nine to Thirteen.
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 well-established links with a school in the city of Zaragoza for an annual Year Ten exchange as well as a programme of work experience for the Sixth Form.
Sixth Form trips are run from time to time to the British Museum, various Greek plays and subject conferences. Every two years we run a week long trip during the Easter holiday to Italy (visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia and Rome): 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 in Somerset and, in the summer, a group of about 40 GCSE pupils head off to 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. Cambridge Pre-U students have the opportunity to visit galleries throughout England and in European cities such as Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, with major expeditions to New York and China.
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.
History and Politics
Both of the departments place a strong emphasis on the importance of learning outside of the classroom. We encourage students to participate in a wide range of trips that offer them a more interactive experience. In the History department we run trips throughout the school; in Year 7 we explore Goodrich Castle and learn the secrets of the Civil War ghost living in the tower. The annual Year 9 trip to the Battlefields is always popular and a fantastic experience for the students. At GCSE we visit the America Museum in Bath and take a trip to the theatre to watch a Doctor’s Show and listen to an examination workshop. In the Sixth form not only do we venture down to London to visit the Churchill War Rooms, we offer bi-annual trips to Russia. The Sixth Form Politics students have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament, and previously we have been to Washington DC and New York; a trip we hope to run again in the future.
Business and Economics
In recent times, the Department of Business and Economics has organised visits to Morgan Cars, Jaguar Land Rover, Cotswold Collections, Blue Earth Foods and has participated in trips to New York. In addition, A level Economists have attended conferences at Warwick University and Eton College.