Educational visits and residential experiences are a valuable learning experience. Some of the richest resources for learning lie just outside the classroom starting in the school grounds and within walking distance of school, others may be further afield.
- Encourage and assist each pupil to achieve optimal independence in order to participate as fully as possible in the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
- Encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community
- Develop in pupils a strong sense of self-worth
- Teach pupils both about their rights and their responsibilities
- Broaden pupils’ horizons and raise aspirations
- Develop pupils’ confidence, self-awareness and skills (e.g. responsibility for self and others, working in a team, leadership, communication, problem solving)
- Learn new ideas, facts, concepts in a real world Context
- Grow through challenge and become more independent
- Know and understand a healthy lifestyle
- Make pupils aware of safety issues
- Help pupils understand what makes a good relationship with others
- Teach pupils to have respect for others
- Help pupils develop good relationships with other members of the community
At all key stages a variety of carefully selected and planned day visits are undertaken to enrich the curriculum. All day visits are part of a sequence of lessons within a subject and the day or half day visit are part of the ‘entry’ or ‘exit’ experience to add a stimulating and enjoyable dimension to the teaching and learning experience. Pupils may visit the local church, attend a coffee morning, go horse riding or go swimming. They may also go to the theatre, visit castles, museums, local parks/country houses e.g. Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam.