School Trip Champion 2017 announced


School Trip Champion

Pictured: Fiona Bruce presenting the School Trip Champion Award to Jacqui Hargreaves.

The School Trip Champion award winner for 2017/18 was Jacqui Hargreaves, from Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard.

The School Trip Champion award recognises individuals who go the extra mile to organise exciting and educational trips and champion learning outside the classroom.

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.

Jacqui Hargreaves, the School Trip Champion 2017/18 winner on what the award means to her

The winner of the award at last year's event, which took place at Royal Garden Hotel, London, on 9th November, 2017, was Jacqui Hargreaves, head of Design & Technology and Food Science, at Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard.

She organises learning schemes and lesson plans for a team of four staff and three technicians and a wide range of learning support staff. In addition to that she plans resources and training for the department.

Over the course of the academic year she will run a number of three school trips and all of these take part during students’ school holidays, meaning no curriculum time is lost. 

Over the past 35 years Jacqui has organised over 150 residential trips overseas – all in her own time, unpaid. 

As she says so herself: “I am passionate about inclusion and we do everything in our power to make sure any student, no matter what their circumstances at home are, can have access to my school trips.”

Not only did Jacqui get to take home a School Travel Awards trophy but the accolade also comes with a £1,500 prize for the winner’s school to put towards a future school trip. 

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