Nominations have been made for this year’s School Trip Champion who’ll win £1,500. 

School Trip Champion 2019-20

Nominations have now closed for this award. Finalists will be announced in the autumn with the winner revealed at the School Travel Awards ceremony on Friday, 15th November. 

The School Trip Champion Award, part of the School Travel Awards, recognises an individual who goes the extra mile to organise exciting and educational trips and champions learning outside the classroom. It comes with a £1,500 prize to spend on a future school trip. 

“I’d encourage other schools to enter the award and celebrate the contribution and efforts towards getting students learning outside the classroom”. 

Chris Jesson, Gravesend Grammar School teacher and previous School Trip Champion

Previous winners

Teachers who have previously been crowned School Trip Champion include Chris Jesson of Gravesend Grammar School who used the £1,500 prize money towards a Year 9 trip with the RONA Sailing Project. He said the award was “recognition of the value of field work and learning outside the classroom”. 

Last year’s winner was Alan Butters, Enrichment Coordinator at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Nottingham, who was praised for his dedication to giving children opportunities outside the classroom. 

Alan was congratulated for his efforts in building partnerships with the local universities, giving students the opportunity to access workshops and campus visits.

“Not only do I plan all the visits, residentials and workshops but I attend them all, giving up on average 300 hours of unpaid time per year.”

Alan Butters, Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, and School Trip Champion 2018/19

School Trip Champion Award 2018/19 Winner: Alan Butters

Paul Bevan from Study & Sport Experiences presents the School Trip Champion Award to Alan Butters from Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Nottingham alongside awards host, Fiona Bruce in 2018. 

Alan added: “This has all been achieved with no budget from the school and where the students are living on one of the poorest estates in England with the second highest level of childhood poverty in the country.

The 2018/19 School Trip Champion finalists were…

Dominic Brister – Educational Visit Coordinator, Stamford Welland Academy, Lincolnshire

Nic Williams – Director of Business & Community, Blue Bell Hill Primary School, Nottingham

Jon Clarke – Shadow Head, Walsall Academy, Bloxwich

Need any help?

If you need to speak to a member of the School Travel Organiser team about this Award or anything relating to the School Travel Awards, call 01908-613323 or email For more information about the School Travel Awards go to