Trips and Visits
Trips and visits are a vital part of the co-curriculum offering at Dame Allan's. These trips and visits are not seen as an extra or a treat but instead a critical part of the curriculum that help pupils to develop key skills. These include improvements to personal and social skills but also to an increased understanding of the relevant subject area. However they are also undoubtedly fun and when our pupils reflect on their favourite experiences from their time at the Schools trips and visits are often discussed first. These chances to try new things, take on new experiences and learn outside of the classroom setting are always looked back on fondly.
Residential trips take place in both the Junior and Senior Schools in Years 6 and 7 respectively. The Juniors visit Wastwater where they experience ghyll scrambling, canoeing, an adventure journey, the Tyrolean Traverse, orienteering and the shelter building challenge, amongst other forest school and bushcraft activities. In September of Year 7 the Girls' School and Boys' School enjoy a range of outdoor adventures and activities supported by their form teachers and Sixth Form officers. The Year 7 Residential is a great start to the year and helps pupils to develop confidence, resilience and get to know each other better.
There have been numerous trips already this academic year for all different age groups. Some trips are for girls and some are for boys but the majority are mixed. Where trips are for girls or boys, exactly the same opportunities are offered to both. Some recent trips have included a History trip to Washington and New York, language trips to Barcelona and Berlin, sports tours for rugby, hockey, netball and football to Holland, Northern Ireland and Edinburgh and a ski trip to Alpe D'Huez. This summer there are even more exciting trips planned from a surfing and yoga trip to France to the World Challenge expedition to Mozambique and Eswatini.
Below you can see a table of the proposed trips for the next five years. These trips are subject to change and are a reflection of what we hope to offer pupils over the next five years rather than what will definitely take place.