School Travel Awards

The winners of theSchool Travel Awards 2017/18 were revealed at a glittering ceremony held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

The UK’s biggest event for school travel and learning outside the classroom provided a celebration of the very best in the sector, and for the second year, the ceremony on Thursday 9th November, 2017, was hosted by BBC TV news anchor and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce. 

A fantastic surprise performance by members of the School of Rock cast, from London’s West End, kicked off proceeding after a themed drinks reception, sponsored by The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs. A five star lunch followed before the awards ceremony began.

17 accolades were handed out in total at the ceremony. Amongst the winners were KidZania, London, which was named the Best UK Destination or Attraction, Bletchley Park, for the Best Venue for Maths Learning and Kingswood was crowned the Best Residential Experience. 

Two of the awards recognised best practice within schools and each come with a £1,500 prize to spend on a school trip. 

The winners of this year's School Travel Awards with presenter Fiona Bruce

'My Best School Trip' Award

First to be recognised was Upland Primary School in Bexleyheath, which was revealed as the winner of the 2017/18 ‘My Best School Trip' Award. Teacher Alex Langley entered his Year 5 class’ trip to the Outward-Bound Centre in Cumbria. He got his class to write about their experiences of the residential to the centre and provided his own commentary on what impact the trip had on the pupils. 

The judging panel for the award consisted of Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Gill Harvey, CEO of School Travel Forum, Peter Carne, OBE, Learning Away National Adviser, Rob Yandell, publisher of School Travel Organiser and Keeley Rodgers, editor of School Travel Organiser.

School Trip Champion

The final accolade of the afternoon went to Jacqui Hargreaves, head of Design Technology and Food Science at Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, who was presented with the School Trip Champion Award. The award is designed to acknowledge the hard work of an individual who goes the extra mile when it comes to getting children learning away from the classroom. 

The School Travel Awards, organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, recognise how important it is to reward those in the education sector, especially those who go the extra mile to provide exciting and educational trips for Primary and Secondary schools.

See the 2017/18 Photo Gallery

Main image: Television presenter Fiona Bruce with the winners of the School Travel Awards 2017/18. 

The School Travel Awards 2018/19 will be launched in February and will culminate in a ceremony back at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on Friday, 16th November, 2018. 

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