School Trip Champion: Meet this year's finalists

The School Trip Champion award recognises the people who organise amazing school trips and champion learning outside the classroom.

Voting has now closed for this year's award and the winner will be announced at the School Travel Awards on 9th November.  

This year's finalists are:

  • Charlotte McNeela, Principal Teacher of Geography, Our Lady's Catholic High School, Preston
  • Jacqueline Hargreaves, Head of Design & Technology and Food Science, Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard
  • Joy Stanford, Year 5 Class Teacher, Mary Elton Primary School, Somerset
  • Tim Walker, Class Teacher, Springfield School, West Oxfordshire

Charlotte McNeela       Jacqueline Hargreaves       Joy Stanford       Tim Walker

Pictured left to right: Charlotte McNeela, Jacqueline Hargreaves, Joy Stanford and Tim Walker.

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Last year we crowned our first ever School Trip Champion. Chris Jesson, Head of Geography at Gravesend Grammar School, Kent said he was “pretty overwhelmed by the whole process” and was presented with his award in front of 300 people by news broadcaster and presenter, Fiona Bruce.

Not only did he get to take home a rather nice trophy and framed certificate, but he also won £1,000 to spend on a future school trip. Chris established the Bronze and Silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Gravesend Grammar School and today he’s involved in the organisation and leadership of a range of school trips that span the Key Stages at the school.

Chris Jesson, School Trip Champion Award winner

Pictured: Chris Jesson is presented with his award for School Trip Champion at the 2016 ceremony.

How does the award work?

Readers have been casting their votes for who should win the School Trip Champion Award and voting has now closed. The winner will be announced at the five-star School Travel Awards luncheon and ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday 9th November.

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