Trips, Visits and Enrichment Learning

We offer a wide range of trips, visits and in school initiatives to expand and enrich our students' horizons. With almost all of our trips and visits we offer financial support so that all, regardless of background, can experience a memorable, and sometimes life defining, moment of that which our tiny planet has to offer.​

For any information about trips and visits including how we can help support you if you qualify for Free school meals pls email Angela Mahoney:

[email protected]

Current trips and visits letters

+ Snowdon Trip letter (This trip is full, a waiting list is in operation)

+ Snowdon assembly presentation

+Snowdon Kit Checklist

New York Trip (few places left open to all Elite Scholars)

+ Ski Trip (This trip is full, a waiting list is in operation)

+ Budapest Trip (open to sixth formers)

+ Lake Garda Choir Trip (This trip is full, a waiting list is in operation)

Completed Trips & Visits this year

+ Tuesday 24/9 - Regents Theatre for a performance of "We Will Rock You"

+ Wednesday 25/9 - STEM Girls trip to University of Essex - Colchester Campus

+ Wednesday 25/9 - Year 11 Geographers to Chelmsford for a Human Field Trip

+ Saturday 28/9 - Choir performing at the Carnival in the morning by the Clock Tower.

Additional trips (in addition to those planned below)

+ 14/11/19 - Ms Morgan is going to the University of London in Egham, Surrey for STEM Girls trip 3.

STEM Winnnneerrs!

Our year 11 girls enjoyed their second STEM Accelerate University trip to the University of Essex in Colchester. They were presented to by positive role models in STEM followed by an informative session detailing the true cost of of going to Uni with financial details of how it is paid back, which surprised the girls of how affordable it really is.


The afternoon included an interactive STEM workshop where the girls were able to build, code and adapt their own Lego robot. The competition was to adapt the original design to pull their own Lego duck connected to an iPad to code the robot.


Two of our girls Chloe and Chloe won the competition! Well done girls for taking part, a great day had by all. Looking forward to the next one! 

Mrs A Morgan

Science Teacher

Choir Performance

Our choir performed at Burnham Carnival. One of many local and national performances. They will be touring Italy at Easter!

STEM Girls visit University

A group of high achieving year 10 girls went on their first university visit on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. We visited the University of East London in Stratford to raise their awareness of STEM courses that can be studied.The day started meeting in one of the lecture theatres and they were assigned to groups splitting our girls and integrating them with four other OAT academies. 


During the next session the girls were introduced to some current students at UEL studying STEM courses. They described the structure and content of their courses including Medical Science, Forensic Psychology and Sport Physical Education. This was useful to demonstrate to the pupils that there are a range of different courses to study at degree not just the main stream e.g. Biology/Chemistry etc.


The day was brought to a close by taking part in a very competitive maths challenge which even the staff were engaged in! Overall the day was a resounding success which was fascinating for the girls to experience and they are lucky enough to have four more Universities to experience in year 11. We are all looking forward to the next instalment!

Read more on our blog here!

Mrs A Morgan

Science Teacher



On our recent trip to Amsterdam, 9 Sixth Form Health and Social Care students enjoyed a visit to the Bodyworks museum and Anne Frank's house. The Bodyworks museum has a focus on the Happiness Project and was incredible. The displays show the internal organs of the human body in plastinated form, the educational focus is to show how to keep the human body healthy and happy. 

Anne Frank's attic is in the centre of Amsterdam, a truly moving experience We explored, compared and contrasted the lack of values during the second World War, in comparison to the British Values we use today. We reflected on Modern Day comparisons and whether we have progressed as a society or not?

Our students had plenty of time for sightseeing, souvenir shopping, Dutch ice-cream and taking in the atmosphere of the beautiful canals. We will definitely be offering this experience to our new students in Year 12 next year and may even open it up to other Faculties. Eyes were opened both culturally and academically, an unmissable life experience and a joy to accompany them!

Read more on our blog here

Mrs S Cooke

Head of Applied Learning

Exploring Colchester Zoo

The Year 9 and 10 Health and Social Care, Child Development, Travel and Tourism students attended Colchester Zoo on the 3rd July. The students were able to attend various work shops during the day that looked at the business side of the Zoo and the differences between human and animal behaviour. They had plenty of time to look at the 2000 different animals at the zoo, face painting and ice cream. We had an incredible day and was thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff alike.

We were looking closely at the wide range of career and business opportunities that animal management and tourism can bring. Many students eyes were opened about the thousands of possible career pathways. Not only do we have 3 budding zoo-ologists, we also now have 2 budding marine ecologists and 3 students offering to volunteer at the weekends.

It was a joy to see our students engaging in heated conversations about animal, wildlife and environment conservation. Lots of debate was continued on the coach home!

Read more on our blog here

Mrs S Cooke

Head of Applied Learning

Oxford University Summer 2019

Our fabulous Elite Scholars visited Oxford University and our partner college Hertford College this week and were certainly very popular with the tourists in their uniforms! They had a wonderful day meeting students and learning about how life as an Oxford Uni student works. They learned about the College system and traditions and the Harry Potter filming links (of course!)! They were able to smash some myths about what they need to do (and not do!) to get in and how they would be looked after if they gained a place. They learned about tutorials, lectures, societies, finance and wellbeing. They learned about research intensive universities and academic studies. They also had some myths busted about what qualifications you need and don't need for different careers! They were so impressive and the uni fed back that they couldn't believe the amount of questions they had to ask and how confident they were to ask them. They took part in an academic detective activity, had lunch in the very grand refectory as well as a tour of the college and of Oxford. We were so proud of them, they were amazing.

Read more on our blog here

Mrs J Ingate

Assistant Principal

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