This award shines a spotlight on teachers and EVCs for the important role they play in organising trips that help their school and pupils benefit from learning outside the classroom.

The School Trip Champion Award highlights the work and effort put in by real unsung heroes, and recognises those who go the extra mile.

The winner of the 2024 award will be able to spend £2,000 on a future educational visit for their school.

Things to know…

  • This is about individuals and rewards someone who works at a school for their efforts in creating school trips and promoting the value of learning outside the classroom.
  • It can be anybody involved in organising trips but it’s not open to staff at providers, just those who work at a school.
  • The person nominating can keep their nomination private and anonymous. 
  • When nominating, you will be asked the reason for your nomination (up to 150 words), giving examples of educational visits that the person has organised or has been involved with, where possible. 

Nominate here

What happens next?

The deadline to nominate is Tuesday 30th April after which a shortlist of four will be revealed. Voting then opens to determine the winner, with the result announced at the School Travel Awards ceremony in London on Friday 29th November, 2024.

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Who is your unsung hero of school visits? Make sure you nominate them for the School Trip Champion Award and they could win £2,000 for their school! 

Previous winners have included headteachers, deputy headteachers, a head of design technology and food science and an enrichment coordinator.

The winner of the 2023 award was… Karen Tidmarsh, educational travel coordinator at Winchmore School in London, congratulations Karen! 

2023 School Trip Champion Karen Tidmarsh

Karen Tidmarsh of Winchmore School, Enfield, receives her trophy at the 2023 School Travel Awards ceremony. She’s pictured with Maria Whiteman from awards partner Next Generation Travel Group and presenter Katharine Merry.

Also, a big well done to the other 2023 finalists who were: 

  • Selwyn Boothe - Gunnersbury Catholic School, Brentford, Middlesex

  • Jo Hilson - Thomas Gainsborough School, Subury, Suffolk

  • Michele Vidler - Potters Gate CofE Primary School, Farnham, Surrey

2023 School Trip Champion winner and finalists

(L-R) Maria Whiteman from awards partner Next Generation Travel Group with 2023 School Trip Champion finalists Selwyn Boothe, Karen Tidmarsh (winner), Jo Hilson, Michele Vidler and awards co-host Katharine Merry.

Find out more about the 2023 winner and finalists in our special feature here.

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