School Travel Awards: Category Guide

Here's a handy run-down of the categories for the School Travel Awards 2018/19.


Best Heritage Venue

Where have you visited with your students that has brought history or heritage to life? Whether it’s a trip to a castle, cathedral, stately home, historic property, open-air heritage site or natural heritage attraction, tell us about the attraction or site that promotes learning and understanding in an engaging way.

Best Sporting Venue

Getting children active is so important; which sports venue stood out for you and why should they be recognised? This could be a skiing venue, stadium tour, or an actual sporting event or sports museum. 

Best Theatre Production for Schools

What better than an exciting trip to the West End or perhaps a theatre near your school? Did the production excite, inspire and entertain, and was it well directed with a message pupils could relate to? Consider how the trip tied in with a subject and lesson plan and if you were able to take part in related workshops. 

Best UK Destination or Attraction

Trips at home are varied and many. Have you taken a school group to a city, town, attraction, venue or other location that has provided you and your pupils with meaningful, enriching and fun learning outside the classroom?

Best International Destination or Attraction

With more and more schools making short haul trips to Europe and long haul trips worldwide, the choice and opportunity for exciting educational visits grows and grows. What delivered for you?

Best Ski Resort

Skiing is very popular for school children to take part in and resorts offer a fantastic range of opportunities. Which would you recommend?

Best Museum Visit

Whether in the UK or overseas, museums are a cornerstone of learning outside the classroom. Where should be recognised as offering an outstanding visit, plus pre and post visit assistance and learning links for schools?

Best Food & Learning Experience

Eating and learning often go hand in hand and there are some excellent opportunities to dine or work with food and engage in a learning experience too. Who’s best on your menu?

Best Adventure Experience

Where have you taken a school trip that has both excited and educated the children? Adventure experiences are an important part of learning away from school. Vote for the best facility, venue or attraction that offers the whole package.  

Best Venue for Science Learning

Science learning should be engaging; consider a venue or attraction that ensures children are entertained and educated at the same time.

Best Venue for Maths Learning

Whether it’s through a hands-on workshop, exploring a venue, attraction or museum, where’s best for a school trip linked to the all-important subject of Maths. 

Best Venue for English Learning

It might be an attraction linked to literature, a play, drama experience or a museum or library that stands out for trips linked to English. Consider where has engaged your class and deserves recognition. 

Best Venue for History Learning

The UK has arguably the most accessible and varied resources for History in the world. Or perhaps a venue or attraction overseas has struck a chord with your History learning? Who is the best of the best, based on your experience of organising educational visits?

Best School Tour Operator

Reliability, creativity, due diligence and of course safety are just some of the things teachers expect from School Tour Operators. Who do you trust to help organise successful trips?

Best Residential Experience

Residential trips can offer amazing experiences for children and teachers. With safety a huge factor, the trip should also deliver great value, facilities and above all, an enriching experience for the children and staff. What experience stands out from your previous trips?

And don't forget about two more categories...

‘My Best School Trip’ Award

Schools are encouraged to enter this award with £1,500 up for grabs to spend on a school trip. Pupils submit their reviews of a school trip, accompanied by a narrative from the teacher about the objectives of the trip and what was achieved. Entries are shortlisted with the finalists judged by a panel of experts.

School Trip Champion Award

This award recognises an individual who goes above and beyond in delivering school trips and learning outside the classroom experiences. The winner will receive £1,500 which will be given to the school that he/she works for, to contribute to a school trip.

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Details about the 2019/20 categories will be released in due course.

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