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School Trips


Published in Year 7 Trips

Residential Trip from Wednesday 2nd October 2019 to Friday 4th October 2019

Every year at the start of Year 7, we take all students on a three-day/two-night residential to provide students with the opportunity of getting to know each other better develop their qualities and to learn more about the ethos and origins of our school. This year we will be going on an adventure with a difference, taking students into the wild and experiencing back-to-nature activities that they will never forget.

We will be staying 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.

*Further information for the Year 7 Bushcraft Trip can be found here


Marrick Priory

Published in Year 10 Trips  |  Year 11 Trips  |  Year 12 Trips  |  Year 13 Trips  |  Year 8 Trips  |  Year 9 Trips

Residential Trip from Friday 4th October 2019 to Sunday 6th October 2019

At the end of September students in Years 8-13 are invited to join us for the Chapel Away Weekend. This residential retreat to Marrick Priory in the Yorkshire Dales runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and offers a programme of team games, prayer, worship and personal reflection as well as outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, night walking, climbing and the infamous leap of faith. The popularity of the trip is evidenced in the fact many pupils attending have come along year on year but there’s always room for more!



Published in Year 8 Trips

Residential Trip from Monday 9th December 2019 to Friday 13th December 2019

The Ullswater Centre is based on the North West shore of the lake and is set in 18 acres of woodland. The accommodation is comfortable and the buildings are set in grounds that have a long waterfront on the shore of the lake. The Instructors are all well qualified and experienced and able to provide a challenging, yet rewarding experience for all participants.

Courses at the Centre are tailor-made to the requirements of schools. We would follow the ‘Adventure and Challenge’ model which encourages young people to push themselves beyond their expectations and develop learning about self and others. The location allows us to make full use of the lake, including such activities as kayaking, canoeing, raft building and rowing.

In addition, hill walking, rock climbing, gorge walking, scrambling and mountain navigation are all available, with the opportunity of staying in a high mountain hut as part of an expedition. The week long course is based in stunning scenery under Helvellyn – one of The Lake District’s highest peaks.

Centre-based activities at Ullswater include high ropes, a zip wire and a variety of challenging initiative tasks.




Junior Music Residential

Published in Year 7 Trips  |  Year 8 Trips  |  Year 9 Trips

Residential Trip from Friday 31st January 2020 to Sunday 2nd February 2020

This weekend trip (Friday after school to Sunday afternoon) is a chance for our Year 7, 8 and 9 junior musicians in the Junior Band and String Ensemble to make music, socialise and have fun.

Typically, coach travel is provided to the accommodation, which is The Stableside Hostel at York Racecourse and whilst the children are there, we take the opportunity for outdoor games in and around the racecourse, a 10 pin bowling trip, cabaret and DVD night, Sunday morning worship and of course lots of rehearsal time. The weekend culminates in a Sunday afternoon concert, to which parents are invited. The trip is very well established and usually has an uptake of between 60 – 70 students.


Sri Lanka Exchange

Published in Year 9 Trips

Residential Trip from Saturday 1st February 2020 to Saturday 22nd February 2020

Year 9 students have the opportunity to apply for a place on the Sri Lankan Exchange which takes place annually. Studenta travel to Hillwood College in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In previous years the students enjoy the Botanical Gardens, visits to temples, sports and art classes, elephant orphanages and climbing Sigiriya Rock.


Ski Trip

Published in Year 12 Trips  |  Year 13 Trips

Residential Trip from Saturday 15th February 2020 to Sunday 23rd February 2020

Each year Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to spend a week skiing in a chosen European resort. The ski trip caters for students of all abilities: beginners learn together on the nursery slopes before heading further up the mountain, whilst more experienced skiers developed advanced techniques including skills required to master off-piste terrain.



Published in Year 12 Trips

Residential Trip from Monday 24th February 2020 to Friday 28th February 2020

The week after February half term around 25 Year 12 students set off to Spain for a week-long trip. In Salamanca students stay with a host family and attend 4 hours of classes every morning at the renowned ISLA language school located in the heart of the historic town centre. The course mirrors A level Spanish and is taught by Spanish teachers entirely in target language. After an essential siesta, afternoons and evenings are given over to activities such as: a salsa dance class; a tapas tour; a debate about bullfighting with the president of the Salamanca Bullfighting Association; a ‘Mikro-teatro’ drama presentation; a paella meal … and much more. A day spent in Madrid at the end of the trip takes in all the key sites and some retail therapy.


Loch Eil

Published in Year 10 Trips

Residential Trip from Monday 2nd March 2020 to Saturday 28th March 2020

In March pupils have the opportunity to go on a 7 day residential course to Loch Eil in Scotland based in a centre close to the foot of Ben Nevis. This is regarded as one of the most challenging and rewarding activity courses, which should appeal to anyone who has an interest in the outdoors. Great emphasis is put on the personal development and confidence building aspect of the activities that are undertaken.



Published in Year 12 Trips

Residential Trip from Wednesday 1st July 2020 to Wednesday 8th July 2020

Each July, the Politics Department of the Associated Sixth Form is delighted to be able to offer a trip to the United States. Our new A Level Specification now includes a component on the USA. Among other aspects, this includes studying the politics and institutions of the American system. We believe that visiting the USA is an invaluable experience for students, and something that would bring the course alive and inspire a greater understanding of the politics of America. We will be visiting New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC and have arranged visits to the Empire State Building, a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Broadway tickets, a tour of Capitol Building and Supreme Court, visits to Independence Hall and Liberty Bell together with many other excursions relating to our course.


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