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Educational Trips and Visits

Wales High School has always offered a number of creative activities to support students out of the classroom. Many of these have direct learning outcomes and are sequenced within our subject curriculums. Others have a more diverse and less measurable cultural impact. These trips have taken place during the school day, at weekends and over a number of days during school holidays.

Please enjoy the gallery below showing you a range of examples of some of the activities we have previously offered and hope to extend upon in the future.

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Outdoor Pursuits

Wales High School has a long standing tradition of offering opportunities to explore, experience and travel with our Department of Outdoor Pursuits. Many ex-students have had the privilege to have visited numerous locations across the UK and abroad with Mr Day and his fleet of Wales High School buses. We are incredibly proud that this tradition continues under Mr Day (Jnr) with an equally exciting range of visits. Below are just some examples of the opportunities on offer:

  • October Camp – Year 8 to Year 13 This visit annually proves to be one of our most popular and enjoyable ventures. Often located in North Wales, excursions will include: a castle visit, beach walks, Llechwedd slate caverns with underground trampolining.
  • Easter Camp – Year 7This venture is offered exclusively to Year 7 pupils, and annually proves to be an ideal opportunity for our younger students to build friendships that will last a lifetime. We visit Cornwall where there are marvellous beaches; the mild Cornish climate; a day in Newquay; visit to the cinema; bowling; meal out and lots of team building games and walks. And an afternoon visit to the nationally famous Eden Project!
  • SkiingFolgarida is a resort relatively unknown to British skiers. It lies in the Val di Sole and is renowned for its heavy snowfalls which usually guarantee good skiing until April. The slopes offer excellent progression from first-day beginner to expert. There are many wide, gentle runs for novices – while intermediate and advanced skiers can enjoy more demanding skiing
  • Summer CampA 17 day venture to explore some of the most impressive sights in Europe, with destinations in Venice (Italy), Interlaken (Switzerland) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Curriculum Visits

We are incredibly proud to offer such a diverse range of educational visits . We believe that off-site visits provide fantastic opportunities for students to extend their learning and enrich their appreciation of themselves, others and the world around them. Educational visits provide students with valuable experiences and memories that can last a lifetime. We aim to provide a range of visits which support the curriculum and provide unforgettable experiences. Some examples include:

  • Cranedale (Geography)
  • York Castle Museum (English)
  • Jaguar (Business Studies)
  • Leicester (History)
  • Holocaust Exhibition (RE)
  • Imperial War Museum (History)
  • Stratford (English)
  • Bletchley Park (Maths)
  • Big Bang Fair (Science)
  • Eyam Village (History)
  • National Space Centre (Science)
  • National Coal Mining Museum (History)
  • Castleton (Geography)
  • The Globe (English)
  • Staffordshire Regimental Museum (History)
  • Game Museum (ICT)
  • Thackray Medical Museum (Science)
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Art)
  • Theatre Visits (English/ Drama)
  • Chester Zoo (Geography)
  • MAGNA (Science)
  • Kenilworth Castle (History)
  • Stem Robotics (STEM)
  • London (History)

Activities Day

Each year, a highlight of the summer term is our annual Activities Day for students in Year 7 to Year 10. All students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of fun visits as part of the schools rewards incentives. Students with the highest number of achievement points will be guaranteed a place on their 1st choice visit with a friend. Students select 3 visits they wish to take part in. Some examples of Activities Day visits are:

  • Alton Towers
  • Bounce and Slide
  • Centertainment
  • Chester Zoo
  • Doncaster Dome
  • Flamingo Land
  • Golf
  • Go Ape
  • Harry Potter World
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Activities at Rother Valley Country Park
  • A Day in Scarborough
  • Snozone/Xscape
  • Videogame Museum
  • A Day in Whitby
  • York Dungeons
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Cooking Feast
  • In School Arts & Crafts
  • KSVA Vocational Skills Day
  • Warhammer Fun

Residential Visits

Y13 History - London

A Historical journey to Tudor London. Over the course of 3 days students will experience:

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The Tower of London
  • The National Archives
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Harrison’s Tudor Tour of London
  • A visit to the theatre to see SIX!

Y11 & Y13 Geography - Iceland

A once in a lifetime visit to Iceland to see:

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Reykjavik
  • Waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Sunset at Dyrhólae
  • Black sand beaches of Reynishverfi
  • Walk on a glacier
  • Kerið a dramatic volcanic crater lake

Y7 Residential - Gullivers

All new Y7 students have an opportunity to visit Gullivers Valley with their new Tutor Group, Tutor and Head of Year. Students are involved in teambuilding activities which include:

  • Laser Quest
  • Climbing
  • Shelter Building
  • Fire Lighting
  • Exclusive use of the park and rides
  • Overnight stay in the Castle, Western Cabins or a Lodge

Y12 Geography Fieldwork

A requirement of the A Level Geography course involves fieldwork. Our students in Year 12, visit Craedale in North Yorkshire for a 4 day residential. Students undertake important fieldwork and study the natural environment beyond the classroom.

KS4 Drama - New York

A truly amazing 4 day experience in New York! Our students visit:

  • Times Square
  • Staten Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Central Park & the Bethesda Fountain
  • Broadway

KS4 History - WW1 Battlefields

A visit to the French and Belgian Battlefields for GCSE History students. Students have the opportunity to learn on location, take part in workshops and visit:

  • In Flanders Fields Exhibition
  • Menin Gate & Last Post Ceremony
  • Lochnagar Crater & Delville Wood
  • Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre
  • Ulster Tower
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Tyne Cot British Cemetery & Langemark German Cemetery