When organising residential and outdoor education we make sure they all provide the framework for a broad range of learning opportunities. Classroom topics that to some students may have seemed abstract or irrelevant can take on substance and significance; new interest, hobbies and abilities are acquired; greater understanding of self and other is gained through meeting personal challenge.
Out of doors, the environment itself becomes part of the learning process. Through coming face to face with the world rather than via books or other media, new appreciation and understanding are often achieved.
For many young people, it is there first and perhaps only encounter with an environment that is significantly different from that of home. Indeed it may be their first ever experience of going away.
Such trips can broaden the interest and understanding of group members in many different ways.
Foreign travel experience gives young people a basis for choosing holidays in the future, especially after leaving school. With the current growth in recreation and travel, it provides a valuable addition to their range of leisure options.
Living and working together as a group helps young people come to terms with the views and feelings of others, away from the often unquestioned certainties of home. It can lead to greater tolerance, consideration and understanding, as well as helping to develop social abilities.
Such novelty is also a powerful stimulus to self-expression. A trip provides situations in which young people become eager to talk about their experiences. It also provides many opportunities to develop both their oral and their written use of language.
See the timetable below for all residential trips running for 2015 to 2017. Other day trips may also be available through the academic year and other residential trips both in the UK and abroad may be offered at a later date.
Italy 2016 [pdf]
New York 2016 [pdf]
PGL 2017 [pdf]