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We are delighted to offer our students a wide variety of learning experiences outside the classroom to support and enhance the learning that goes on inside the classroom. We believe these are an invaluable part of our student’s education and strongly encourage students to participate. The school runs many day trips for students, including theatre trips for Drama, Geography field trips and visits to academic conferences and museums across our academic subjects.

We have a long-standing annual exchange with the Holstenschule in Neumunster, Germany, for our students learning German. In addition, we have biannual exchanges with the Institut St. Louis St. Clement in Viry-Chatillon, France, and with a school in Salamanca for our students learning French and Spanish, respectively.

Other recent overseas visits include the annual History Department trip to the Battlefields for Year 9, the Theatre Studies Trip to New York, and the Music Department’s trip to Sorrento. We are looking forward to the Business Studies and Economics trip to New York next February, the Classics Department’s trip to Greece next Easter, and the Geography trip to Iceland.

On the sporting front, on top of our regular home and away fixtures in various sports, the Sports Department organises an extensive overseas rugby tour every three years. Previous destinations have included Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand, and this summer, we are looking forward to our biggest rugby touring group who take on schools in Argentina. Our second annual football tour for Year 9 students will visit Amsterdam this year, and our annual cricket tour for Year 10 students will be a return visit to Jersey. Next year, we will be looking at adding a Year 8 rugby tour to our calendar. Our annual Ski and Snowboard Trip in the Easter Holidays is also very popular. The trip alternates between Europe and North America. In 2022, 116 students visited Nassfeld, and in 2023, 64 students visited Jasper, Canada. This was the fourth visit to Jasper for the school. We are very much looking forward to next Easter when 104 students will jet off to Passo Tonale in Italy.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is very popular at Halliford, with 90% of Year 9 students and many Year 10 students currently participating in the Bronze and Silver Award programmes whilst the Sixth Formers enjoying the Gold Award. These involve training days at Halliford, a practice expedition, and a qualifying expedition, usually in the Summer Term or the first half of the Autumn Term. Next year, we aim to take our Gold Award students to Norway for their qualifying expedition.

Activities Week at the end of the Summer Term provides an ideal opportunity to get students of all ages involved in a variety of activities both on and off the school site, which include the Year 7 residential trip to France, an overnight stay at an Activities Centre for Year 8 and the Year 9 visit to Ypres. Year 10 students take on various physical challenges at a residential trip whilst the Sixth Form have had Careers training, visits to Thorpe Lake, a London Orienteering Challenge and UCAS personal statement seminars.

Trips program for 2023-2024

Trip Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year  11 L6 U6
History: Hampton Court September
BMW Factory Visit October
French Exchange October
Business: Amazon Warehouse November
RS: St Pauls Cathedral – Islam November
The Story Museum November
English: An Inspector Calls Awaiting Dates
History: Hampton Court November
German Exchange/Trip Autumn
Music Trip – Sorrento Autumn: Half Term
DT: Design Museum January
Drama: Kin by Gecko Theatre @ the National Theatre January
Youth Speaks Intermediate Competition January
Youth Speaks Senior Competition January
Brunel University January
Biology Field Trip February
English: Oxford School Debate Competition February
English: The Globe February
SATRO Challenge February
University & Apprenticeship Search Fair March
History: Supreme Court Spring
History and MFL: Sixth Form Trip to Paris March
Lower Sixth Work Experience Paris March
New York February
Ski Trip – Europe – Passo Tonale Spring: Easter
Classics: Greece Spring: Easter
Football Tour Spring: Easter
Lower Sixth History trip: The National Archives Summer
Year 11 and Upper Sixth Leavers Events Summer
Residential to France Summer
Surfing and Activity TBC Summer
Residential to Ypres Summer
Snowdonia/Activity TBC Summer
Cricket Tour Summer
Rugby Tour: Argentina Summer
DofE: Bronze Award Expedition Summer
DofE: Silver Award Expedition Summer
DofE: Gold Award Expedition Summer


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