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A dedicated page to school organised trips where you will find blog updates from teaching staff and/or students. You will be able to read all about what students have been up to on day trips, as well as day-to-day activities and view their site seeing experiences while abroad. 

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  • A Level Visual Art trip

    Published 20/02/23

    On Thursday 9 February, The Visual Art department arranged a school visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern in London for our A level Fine Art and Photography students.  

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  • Year 11 trip to Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Britain

    Published 25/01/23

    The Visual Art department arranged a school visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Britain in London, on the 12 January, for 64 of our Year 11 Textiles, Fine Art and Photography students. The aim of the visit was to give students the opportunity to start their contextual research for their Externally Set Assignment (Exam project). Students have chosen their own exam theme from a range of given themes, by the exam board AQA. They spent the time in the two museums sourcing art works that relate to their chosen theme, which they can then draw inspiration from, to help them develop their own ideas. The trip was very successful and gave students a real kick-start to their exam project. Students are now evidencing this trip in their folders/sketchbooks and are using the drawings and photos that they took. Once again, our students were exemplary on the trip.

    We are delighted to be able to, once again, offer these extra-curricular enhancement activities, which give the students a much fuller and broader educational experience. We have sent out a letter to all parents of Year 11 Fine Art and Photography students with dates of exams and deadlines for both exam projects and coursework. During the exam project, which students will complete towards the end of April, we are offering after-school sessions on Mondays and Thursdays for all our KS4 students to catch up on or extend their learning, and we sincerely hope students take advantage of this offer.

    Please do check out the photos below to see some of the wonderful pieces of artwork students had the chance to view during the trip.

    - The Visual Art Department


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  • Year 12 Silent Film A Level day

    Published 12/01/23

    Miss Upson and Miss Harrison took the Year 12 film studies students to the British Film Institute for a Silent Film A Level day. The students spent the morning exploring different silent films and had a fantastic lecture on the core elements of this unit. In the afternoon the students then watched the silent film 'Sunrise' accompanied by a live pianist. This was a wonderful day, and the students really enjoyed the experience. 

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  • Day 4 Autostadt

    Published 18/12/22

    After breakfast, we headed off to the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. It was a 15-minute walk which took us 25 minutes because we took the scenic route (out of the hostel, turn right, to the bottom of the road, turn round, past the hostel again, and then on to the Autostadt!) When we got there, we were given a tour of some of the highlights. Mrs Husband saw the car that Mr James is going to buy her for Christmas. It only costs around 1.6 million euros. Towards the end of the day, some of us went to the Designer Outlet shops and some of us went ice-skating. (A few students managed to get on the ice but, unfortunately, time ran out, and some students didn't get chance.... They weren't 'frosty' about it and maintained the positivity we've seen from them throughout the entire trip.) Well done kiddos. After dinner, a few students had shopping withdrawal and popped back out for more retail therapy. The rest of us hung out at the hostel and played table tennis. The weather has been -7, and we have seen increases in the layers staff and students have been wearing throughout the trip. I'm sure a few students are attired in the entire contents of their cases. 

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  • Day 3 - School day

    Published 16/12/22

    We caught the public bus this morning - all 52 of us - and visited Gymnasium Fallersleben (a local school where students who were involved in the 2019 student exchange could meet up after a slight delay due to Covid). We were warmly welcomed by the staff and students who shared some traditional German treats with us (delicious they were too) and we were involved in a range of activities, lessons and got to find out about life in a German school for staff and students. We all enjoyed our time there. Then, we had a brief look at the nearby village before getting the bus back to the hostel. Dinner was hot pasta and a choice of sauces, plus rice pudding. Some of us have done some extra shopping, but we are all now getting warm again - it's been around -4 all day, so just a little nippy! Looking forward to tomorrow. 

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  • A trip to Disneyland Paris

    Published 16/12/22

    We set off in the dark to much excitement, today was our day in Disneyland Paris. With many on the coach donning Mickey Mouse ears, the excitement was tangible.

    We arrived as the park was opening, and after a brief stroll through security (happy to report no incidents!) we made it into the park, and went off in groups to enjoy the fun.

    On the way back to the hotel, we stopped off at a 'Hyper Market'/Mall, which has to be one of the biggest shopping centres many of us have ever been in.

    A late return to the hotel, with everyone tired and ready for bed. Tomorrow, we visit our final Christmas Market in Arras before catching the ferry home!

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  • East meets West on Day 2

    Published 15/12/22

    Today was a tale of great woe and wow. We started the day by visiting the Border Museum Höhensleben and received a guided tour of the former border fortifications and heard about the difficulties faced by people living either side of the wall. Out tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable, and we had chance to appreciate how lives were torn apart by the segregation caused in post WWII Germany.

    After this humbling experience, we went to Braunschweig to enjoy the beautiful Christmas market. What a cacophony of sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas.... if we weren't ready for Santa before, we certainly are now! Sausages, churros and McDonald's delicacies were all sampled. The town is absolutely gorgeous. 

    Back at the hostel, we feasted and then Mr Walker and Mr Scott went on a night-time jaunt to the local Christmas market in Wolfsburg with those who hadn't quite 'shopped-out' earlier. Mrs Husband and Mrs Brown stayed with the others at the hostel and enjoyed tea. Oh, and we all sang 'Happy Birthday' to the birthday girl... 16 in Wolfsburg. A birthday to remember. 

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  • Paris Day 3

    Published 15/12/22

    Another early start for us today, as we fought to beat the morning rush into Paris. We beat a path through the centre of Paris to the Montparnasse Tower; the tallest skyscraper in central Paris. Riding the lift to the top in less than a minute, we took in the stunning views from the top floor. We then climbed the stairs to the roof terrace to take in the views (and pose for some photos!).

    Onwards we went to the River Seine, where we boarded a boat to take in the sights from a lower perspective. A river tour from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame.

    We stopped for lunch alongside the Seine, before heading over the Louvre. The students rushed through to see the Mona Lisa, and other famous works of art.

    By then the afternoon was getting on, and we headed into the Christmas Market in the Louvre Gardens.

    On our way back, we stopped to see one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, just in time to see the light show begin. Our coach driver, Phil, then braved the Arc de Triomphe traffic to give us a close up view of this famous Paris landmark.

    Tired and hungry, we went back home to the hotel. Tomorrow, Euro Disney awaits! 

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  • Day 1 - Arrival day

    Published 15/12/22

    After a slight delay, the long travel day came to an end at about 22:15 when we arrived at the hostel. It's clean and functional, and the staff are lovely. We scoffed late night pizza and finally settled just after 01:00. No major drama to report: however, a student had a slight wobble at the airport, then was absolutely fine; we had the luxury of an extra hour and a half sitting on the plane before take off (more reading time!); a couple of cases have had an overnight stay in Heathrow - hopefully, they will join us today; Mr Walker was the hero who stopped the coach from leaving Heathrow, when a few of us had yet to embark, by diving bravely in front of it! (I might be exaggerating a little... ); we had the obligatory first night excitement of chatting till late. The students are a credit to us - polite to everyone, no moaning when delayed and full of enthusiasm. Looking forward to Day 2.

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