Trips and Visits
Visits out of school range from day visits to numerous locations and centres in the local area, to fully residential experiences beginning with one night away in Year 3. The cost of all these visits is covered within school fees.
All experiences are carefully planned to enrich the curricular activities in school. Please see the news and events section of our website for reports on our most recent activities.
At the beginning of the school year, the Infants all go on a trip together. This is organised on a three year cycle and includes a trip to either the zoo, farm or safari park. At the end of the Trinity term, there is an end of year Infant trip too.
Reception have a wonderful time at their Forest School in the Alleyn’s school grounds every week, and in the Lent term are taken to The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green.
Years 1 and 2 are taken on a variety of topic visits, which run on a two year cycle. Trips may include the London Transport Museum, Bushcraft, Hever Castle or the Cutty Sark, depending on the topic.
In Year 3 the children visit the Museum of London, Margaret MacMillan Centre for orienteering and Horton Kirby Environmental Centre. They all experience a night away from home on an action packed residential trip to Swattenden.
In Year 4 there are trips to the British Museum and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. They also spend two nights away from home engaged in fun team building challenges and environmental investigations at Hindleap Warren, an outdoor activity centre in the Ashdown Forest.
At the start of Year 5, the children spend two days at Bushcraft in the Oxfordshire countryside where they learn survival skills and sleep in tents overnight. The aim of this shared experience is to help our new pupils to bond with the rest of the year group. Later in the year they visit the British Museum to learn more about the Ancient Greeks.
Every June, Year 5 spends five days (four nights) at the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) on the Isle of Wight. Here, they are able to extend their physical education with windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, surfing and keel boating as well as engaging in some geographical, scientific and historical studies.
After their Senior School assessment, Year 6 spend a day unwinding at Hindleap Warren Activity Centre, taking part in a variety of outward bound activities. They spend a morning at The Houses of Parliament and attend workshops in Portcullis House. They also visit the London Jewish Museum and participate in the Southwark Junior Citizenship scheme.
The climax of Year 6 is their residential trip to Normandy to a purpose-built centre on the coast within easy reach of WW2 battlefields and the landing beaches.
We enter a team in the IAPS ski championships annually and have a ski trip in the Easter holidays.
There are many other trips out of school by mixed age groups, reflecting musical, sporting and academic interests. The choir regularly takes part in concerts at St John Smith Square and whole year groups have been involved in events at various concert halls in London.
The children take part in sporting competitions at both regional and national level, in addition to their many local fixtures and they frequently enjoy considerable success in science, language and general knowledge quizzes.