Trips and Visits
At Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College we believe that trips and visits (Learning Outside the Classroom) are an essential aspect of school life enriching the classroom experience and developing social and life skills.
From the very first Year 7 residential visit to Bushcraft, to Worldwide Sixth Form expeditions, we are proud to offer a wide and varied catalogue of experiences.
These may take the form of curriculum based residential visits, such as those to Poland or Snowdonia, day trips, for example The Globe Theatre or local English Castles, or whole year group trips to Jodrell Bank, Milldale and Blists Hill Mining Museum. Add to these experiences such as language exchanges, skiing holidays, water sports holidays and music tours, the opportunities are endless.
We are a licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme meaning that our staff are fully trained in running the awards and leading outdoor expeditions (holding Basic Expedition Leader and Mountain Leader qualifications). All training is done in house keeping costs to a minimum. Across 2017 and 2018, over 210 students achieved the Bronze Award and over 50 made the trip to Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Award – an amazing achievement.
In the 2017-2018 academic year we ran 158 trips or visits of which 8 were overseas, 29 were residential and 30 were adventurous. The benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom should not be overlooked and it is our aim to ensure that as many students as possible have access to those experiences, regardless of any disadvantage.
Our staff take great pride in accompanying our students on trips with many giving generously of their free time to introduce them to life experiences such as skiing or The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There is nothing more rewarding than inspiring students to achieve something they may never have dreamed of doing. One member of the D of E team climbed Snowdon in the summer only to meet a Sixth Form student en route who had been inspired by her Gold Award expedition that summer.
Health and safety is a significant factor in all of our LOtC experiences. All our trips are fully risk assessed ensuring compliance with national guidelines and are covered by our School Insurance (details below). Residential and adventurous trips are subject to approval by the Local Authority.
Details of trips and visits are notified via letter with copies available below.