The 'My Best School Trip' Award

The My Best School Trip Award winners with Fiona Bruce and Ian Wood

Pictured: Beth and Alex from Upland Primary School, Bexleyheath, London, with Fiona Bruce (l) and Ian Wood, last year's winner. 

This year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award has been awarded to… Upland Primary School, Bexleyheath, for its Key Stage 2 trip to the Outward Bound Centre.

The ‘My Best School Trip’ award is designed to recognise schools that have been on exceptional school trips.

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

The teacher who submitted the entry and who picked up the prestigious award on Thursday, 9th November at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, was Alex Langley.

Alex Langley entered his class from Upland Primary School in Bexleyheath for their trip to the Outward Bound Centre in Cumbria. According to Langley, the trip enabled pupils to appreciate the landscape that contrasted so vividly with their urban lifestyles back home in Bexleyheath.

The trip promoted resilience, teamwork, self-reflection, determination, kindness and appreciation of nature. They learnt how to take on physical tasks such as hiking up one of the Cumbrian mountains as well as mental challenges such as crawling through small, dark tunnels underground.

The ethos of the whole trip was for the children to see how they could overcome obstacles and whether it was better to work individually and only think about themselves or to work as a team and share the load.

Outward Bound gave the students a greater understanding of and sense of responsibility for the natural world around them. It also kindled the students’ excitement in science and in outdoor learning.

The award meant that Alex got to take home a School Travel Awards trophy along with £1,500 to spend on a school trip.

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