The School Trip Champion Award recognises an individual who goes the extra mile to organise exciting and educational trips and champions learning outside the classroom.

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

Your 2019/20 winner was…

  • Jamie Kelly -  deputy headteacher of Chantry Primary Academy in Luton.

School Travel Awards 2019/20

Jamie Kelly, deputy headteacher of Chantry Primary Academy in Luton was crowned School Trip Champion for 2019/20 at the ceremony on Friday 15th November, 2019. 

Driven to provide opportunities for pupils that they wouldn’t otherwise get, Jamie’s role is multi-faceted, and he plays a big part in organising experiences that enrich and enhance learning for the students. Over the past decade he has been responsible for a plethora of trips and events with the aim of ‘bringing the curriculum to life’, engaging and enthusing pupils in their topics.

Just some of the many trips Jamie has organised include; taking Year 4 children to Hampton Court Palace, a Year 6 outing to the National Space Centre and a Year 1 excursion to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as well as residential visits for Year groups 2-6. He also runs a summer residential trip to Kingswood in Norfolk; an experience aimed at the school’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

In his own words, Jamie is “super passionate about taking children out of the classroom as much as possible to let them experience the wider word, enhance their learning, create long-lasting memories and just to have a wonderful time”.

What people said about Jamie…

“Jamie is highly committed to ensuring that disadvantaged children access as many trips, visits, opportunities and experiences as possible, always planning and organising the next visit or event.”

“Every child grows in confidence when Mr Kelly is involved.

“Jamie works tirelessly to provide our pupils with experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity for.”

“Mr Kelly is an amazing teacher who raises the aspirations of his pupils by giving them incredible life changing experiences.”

Jamie was one of four finalists announced for 2019/20 following months of nominations. The three other finalists were: 

  • Matt Clayton, year 6 teacher and enrichment award coordinator, Queen Ethelburga’s, York.
  • Jackie McNally, headteacher, Our Lady and St. Gerard’s RC Primary School, Preston.
  • Mohammed Shaakir Uddin, head of law, history & RE, Greenacre Academy, Chatham.


About the 2019/20 finalists

Previous winner describes the impact of the prize

The 2018/19 winner Alan Butters, enrichment coordinator at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Nottingham, returned to the 2019/20 awards ceremony to talk about the impact of winning on the school. 

He said the £1,500 prize money was spent on taking a group of girls, previously disengaged with sport, to Manchester for a tour of the Etihad Stadium, a training session with Manchester City Academy coaches and front row seats for a Premier League clash with Arsenal. 

“Winning the School Trip Champion Award opened doors for the school and the pupils I work with – it has been amazing.” 

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

School Travel Awards 2019/20

Alan Butters, who won the School Trip Champion Award 2018/19, spoke to co-host Fiona Bruce about the impact winning the award had on his school - Bluecoat Beechdale Academy in Nottingham.

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

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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