In Year 7, the students have the chance to make a residential trip to Northumberland during the Autumn Term. This trip has been taking place for well over 30 years and gives all pupils in Year 7 the opportunity to study the history, geography and religious background of the area. This residential also promotes cohesion and morale within each Year 7 form group.
In past years, whilst on the Northumberland residential, students have visited places such as Holy Island (where St Aidan, after whom the school is names, lived and preached) Durham Cathedral, Warkworth Castle, Beamish Open Air Museum and Lindisfarne.
However, in October 2019, Year 7 students went on an adventure with a difference – into the wild and experiencing back-to-nature activities that they will never forget! Students stayed in a ‘Bushcraft Camp’ in the grounds of Castle Howard. The Bushcraft Company is very experienced at running camps of this nature and their instructors have received extensive in-house training and nationally recognised qualifications for specialised activities. Activities include: Shelter Building and Camp Craft, Wilderness First Aid Workshop, Camouflage and Concealment Exercises, Wild Food Workshop, Bushcraft Tournament, Scenarios SOS, Cutting Tools Workshop, Fire Workshop and Leave No Trace Procedures.