As the pupils go through these formative years, residential visits form a vital part of their growing independence and resilience to cope with being away from home, they foster personal and social development by encouraging pupils to step out of their comfort zones and build relationships with peers. They offer a wealth of benefits that extend beyond the confines of traditional learning environments to surroundings that pupils may not visit otherwise.
The immersive nature of these visits often helps in cultivating essential life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving. Additionally, residential visits can provide a hands-on educational experience; for instance, by engaging with nature, children can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for subjects like history, geography, languages and science. The change of setting also often rejuvenates the mind, promoting mental well-being and a sense of adventure.
Residential visits, which start with a two-night stay away in the Summer Term of Year 3, are an invaluable investment in holistic education, enriching the academic journey with lifelong memories and learnings.
Year 4 visit the Isle of Wight using the Solent ferry and visit a variety of places including beach exploration, a steam train journey and fossil hunting.
Year 5 visit Normandy in Northern France during the early part of the Summer Term to immerse themselves in French culture and language experiences.
Year 6 pupils engage in a week of outward-bound activities. This exciting venture offers the pupils the chance to build self-confidence and work as part of a team under the watchful eyes of experienced, enthusiastic instructors. Water and land-based activities encourage pupils to move out of their comfort zones and try new skills including paddle boarding, kayaking, archery and high and low rope challenges. It stands them in good stead as they embrace the challenges of senior school life.
Pupils of Prep age can also join the annual ski trip, which travels during the Easter break to a European destination.