Trips, Visits & Speakers

We believe that participation in a range of educational trips and visits is important for students. Not only does it enhance classroom learning, it offers an opportunity to develop friendships and enjoy new experiences. Often some of the best memories are made during fieldwork, at the Titanic Museum or on the Y8 Residential in Cultra!

Students in all year groups will have as many opportunities as possible each year to access a range of trips, visits and workshops delivered by external speakers. This helps to enrich the curriculum and add greater relevance to some parts of courses.

Some of our trips and visits have become fixtures on our annual calendar: the annual ski trip to Italy; language exchange trips to Germany and Spain and the GCSE Business Studies trip to Disneyland Paris to name a few. The single most important one, however, is the 1 night Y8 Residential Trip to the Ulster Folk Park at Cultra in the week before the October half term break as it creates such important opportunities for our new Y8 students to build friendships and learn new skills. Activities include an orienteering quiz, a Victorian school lesson and a courtroom Drama as well as an Art competition and the Barn Dance.

Below is a sample of the range of activities which took place in 2019-20:

Autumn Term:

Y11-14 Assertive Mentoring Day

Y14 Visits to QUB and UU Open Days

Y8 Translink Safety Bus

Y9 Price Waterhouse Cooper ICT Workshop

Y8 Residential to Cultra

Y12 QUB Chemistry at Work Sessions

Y10 History Trip to Titanic Museum

Y9 TAMHI Workshop

Y11-14 Art Trip to Ulster Museum

Y12 HE Trip to Cookery School

Y10 Geography Field Trip to Giant’s Causeway

Y13 Biology Fieldwork at Mount Stewart

Y13-14 Film Studies Workshop – Royal Conservatoire Scotland

Y13 Habitat for Humanity Workshops

All Years – Attendance Reward Trip to Christmas Market, Belfast


Spring Term:

Y8 Robotics Workshop – Sentinus

Y12 Business Studies Trip to Disneyland Paris

Y11-14 Art Trip to the Ulster Museum

Y11 Ski Trip

Y14 Amazing Brains Workshop

Y9 ICT Workshops

Y13 Geography Field Trip to Iceland

Y10 History Trip to the Somme Centre

Y10 Languages and Employability Workshop – NICILT

Y11 Business Studies Marketing Workshop

Y11 Tree of Knowledge Workshop

Y11-12 Geography Field Trip to Colin Glen

Y13-14 Business Studies Trip to Titanic Museum

Y12 Horticulture Trip to CAFRE

Y8-10 Attendance Reward Cinema Trip


Summer Term:

Y13-14 Business Studies Trip to Norbrook Laboratories

Y10 Shout Out Workshop

Y8 Geography Field Trip to Belvoir Forest

Y11 Business Studies Trip to Tayto

Y11 Horticulture Trip to Mount Stewart

Y11 Horticulture Trip to CAFRE

Y11 Food & Nutrition Trip to CAFRE

Y10 LLW Trip to Stormont

Y10 PE Inspiration Day

All Years – Attendance Reward Trip to Barry’s & Portrush