The ‘My Best School Trip Award’ recognises outstanding school trips that give children a rich and rewarding experience, achieve a range of objectives and help embed learning back in school and is open to teachers of Key Stage 1 to 4.

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The entry deadline for the award this year has now passed. Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Who won last year?

The 2019/20 winning school was Kingswood House School, Surrey, for their Year 9 ‘Making of Modern Britain’ trip.

Ian Mitchell from Kingswood House School in Surrey explains more about the trip he entered and his reaction when it won the 'My Best School Trip' Award.

“It is a great accolade to be acknowledged by the judging panel at School Travel Organiser; this reaffirms our belief and commitment in offering life-changing experiences for all our pupils to enjoy.”

Ian Mitchell, deputy headteacher, Kingswood House School, Surrey

About the winning trip

Mr Mitchell entered the six-day trip which had a very simple premise – to take learning into the wider world and to bring the wider world into learning. It took in many parts of Britain including Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Runnymede and the former coal-mining valleys of South Wales.

With links to a wide range of topics from PSHE and Music to History, Geography, English and PE, Mr Mitchell said the trip has spawned a complete learning module to help pupils become better independent learners.

He added: “Over the years, a strong ethos of education outside the classroom has developed at the school to such a degree that trips have become a cornerstone of our multi-sensory and inclusive approach to education. The school is buzzing because of receiving the award!”

What the pupils said: 

“The trip was a real eye-opener into the rich history of this country and how it was created. We got to learn about current issues too like homelessness and even had a sleep out to raise money for a charity in Manchester”

Jack, aged 13

“We went to so many brilliant places and I learned so much about what is means to be British. I can’t really say which one was my favourite place as I enjoyed everything and I learned how the country I live in was made.”

Freddie, aged 13







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