Educational Visits Award
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.”
Springfield School, Portsmouth
LVS Ascot, Berkshire
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.