Seeing is believing – and being excited, inspired and fascinated. That’s why we take learning out of the classroom and run more than 50 trips and visits every year.

Our annual visit to Snowdonia transforms U-shaped valleys from a diagram to an awe-inspiring reality when a child stands at the top of an outcrop and looks down into one. The Tudors cease being storybook figures and spring to life when pupils visit Kentwell Manor to dress, cook, eat and work in the period. Scientists share their passion – and the secret life of viruses – at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. And different subjects and topics come together during visits to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, where we study key figures from the curriculum as well as style, form and materials.

Y6 top of SnowdonThere are many more fabulous experiences waiting for our pupils on our day and residential trips.

Day trips

There are plenty of places to learn without realising it within a few miles of Dame B’s.

We regularly go to Saffron Walden’s excellent museum (Year 6 have even produced a video of the sights of Saffron Walden’s historic town centre) and not so far away in Cambridge there are the theatres and the wonderful Fitzwilliam Museum.

“My favourite trip was when we went to see Carol Ann Duffy. I enjoyed the play at the end.” Daniel

Slightly further afield, we regularly take coach trips to the capital to see our heritage, understand more about our history, hone an appreciation of music and increase our knowledge of geography with visits to the Museum of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames Barrier and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. A particular highlight for Year 6 is visiting the Houses of Parliament . Every year group is given the chance to see new sights and enjoy new experiences.

“I liked the trip to London to the River Thames because you can go on boat rides and you get to know lots of information.” Charlotte

Residential trips

Self-confidence, social skills and the sense of triumph from mastering a physical challenge come together with learning on three major residential trips.

Year 4 travel to York, focusing largely on history, visiting the splendid Jorvik Centre, the imposing Minster and the stimulating Castle Museum.

Year 5 visit Manor Adventure in St Issey, Cornwall where outdoor learning will be key. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about various geographical processes including coastal erosion and coastal defences. Pupils will experience a range of outdoor adventurous activities that will incorporate all of the schools learning habits in a fun filled week of new experiences.

We’ve been taking pupils to Snowdon since 2006 – and we always try to get to the summit (usually very successfully). As well as learning about physical geography, the Snowdonia trip gives pupils the chance to explore the natural environment by rock climbing, gorge scrambling and mountain walking.

Optional trips

During February half term we run an optional Ski Trip and October half term alternating French and Spanish trips.

“I liked the ski trip best – even though Lauren and I crashed.” Philippa

Typically some 35 pupils enjoy a four-day trip to Northern France, most recently to the lovely Château du Broutel in the Pas de Calais region. Highlights have included visits to the towns of Rue, Montreuil and Amiens, a chocolate factory, a cheese-maker and a snail farm. Children have had a chance to practise their French and maths at Etaples market, build sandcastles on the beach and enjoy the culture and atmosphere of the country and its people.

“I absolutely loved the ski trip to Courmayeur. I loved the way we travelled on the coach and ferry. The way we got our equipment and all of my friends. The snow is fantastic… It’s definitely the best trip I’ve been on!” Will

The biannual ski trip is now combined with that of the Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School.