We want students to enjoy their time at Oldbury Wells and there are many ways for them to do so. We have a great range of opportunities for students outside of the classroom. These include activities in all subject areas, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Sport are particularly noteworthy. We have specialist teachers in Drama and Music and therefore achieve a particularly vibrant array of performances and shows.
Our students can experience education outside the classroom. There are many opportunities to take part in school trips, both as residential and day trips from an exceptionally wide number of departments.
Education beyond school – our school trips
On average there are 25 trips a year! These include foreign trips abroad to Paris, Berlin and Italy. There are many outdoor experiences including a stay at the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre set in the stunning Snowdonia National Park; a field trip to study the Geography of Angelsey, and there is a visit to the ‘Big Pit’ coal mining museum in Wales, where students get to descend 300 feet into a real mine and experience the place where generations of coal miners worked.
The cultural exposure of students is broadened by trips to numerous art galleries to see new and establish exhibitions, as well as many theatre visits to see some of the great shows the UK has to offer. We have taken Year 7 students to nearby Cosford Royal Air Force Museum for a Careers Day, Year 8’s to Arthog, Year 9s to Shrewsbury and Berlin! Key Stage 4 Pupils do Geography fieldwork, experience live history through visiting the First World War trenches in France and a three-day visit to Berlin. Mr Williams, a senior member of staff, co-ordinates a wealth of experiences outside the classroom.
Trips and Visits
How do we allocate places?
Essential – Curriculum Trips
These are defined as visits that are essential to support the learning of pupils. Examples include Geography fieldwork for GCSE/A level that is a prerequisite of the course.
All students would be offered a place to take part in these enrichment activities.
Extra Curricular/Enrichment Trips
These trips tend to be limited in numbers due to the school needing to adhere to teacher/student ratios to ensure safeguarding and also due to ensuring that the trip is cost effective for parents. We will endeavour to offer the maximum number of places within these guidelines.
In the event that demand for the trip exceeds the number of places, the following criteria will be used:
Students who have been unsuccessful in being allocated a place in the past on the same trip.
Students who are studying the subject.
Please also be aware that a reserve list may also be in operation in some trips.