The 'My Best School Trip' Award

Moorside Primary School's Year 1 residential

The winner of the ‘My Best School Trip’ Award is… Moorside Primary School from Lancaster for their Year 1 residential to FSC Malham Tarn.

Collecting the award at the School Travel Awards on 16th November was Jonathan Whitwell who took his Year 1 group on a winter residential. 

The trip to the Field Studies Centre in the Yorkshire Dales was both fun and educational, tying in with the curriculum and supporting his pupil's study topic of winter. Pupils investigated hibernation and learnt how to follow maps.

Teacher Jonathan Whitwell sent in entries written by Year 1 pupils about their experience of the winter residential, which was a pilot visit by the school.

Mr Whitwell said the trip was planned to engage the younger children in the school’s adventure curriculum earlier, in order to “build their resilience, develop relationships and give them a positive first residential experience”.

Fiona Bruce presents the award to Jonathan Whitwell & Bev Forbes from Moorside Primary along with Anne Lean of category partner Warner Bros. Studio Tour - the Making of Harry Potter

Fiona Bruce presents the award to Jonathan Whitwell & Bev Forbes from Moorside Primary along with Anne Lean of category partner Warner Bros. Studio Tour - the Making of Harry Potter.

He added “My personal highlight was seeing certain children, who don’t always find academic subjects particularly easy, becoming animated, engaged, enthused and ‘growing’ with pride as they realised that outdoor adventure was their ‘thing’ and they were experts at it.”

The award was open to teachers of Key Stages 1 to 4 and recognises educational visits that achieve their objectives and give children a rich and rewarding experience. 

The entries were reviewed by School Travel Organiser and a shortlist was put in front of an expert judging panel in September, which decided the finalists and eventual winner.

This special award comes with a £1,500 prize to spend on a school trip, and recognises brilliant school trips and the impact they have on the students involved.

 

A huge congratulations to our worthy finalists too:

BBG Academy (part of the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust), Birkenshaw (Year 7 French Resilience Trip)

Llanwern High School, Wales (Year 11 – 13 trip to Kenya)

Lyndhurst Primary School, London (Year 4 trip to York)

Nelson Mandela School, Birmingham (Year 5 trip to Dovedale in Derbyshire)

For more information about the School Travel Awards ceremony, and to find out who the other winners were, visit the Winners 2018 page.

School Travel Organiser's Guide