Extending the Boundaries of Learning – Trips at NPA
NPA students are offered many exciting learning opportunities which take them out of the classroom environment. Trips are just one aspect of this and are keenly enjoyed by many of our students from Year 7 to 13.
Some of our most popular trips take our students overseas to mainland Europe. Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated trips is the Sports Tour, which is open to all students in the school’s football and netball teams. Offering a great opportunity to explore somewhere new, since this trip began over 10 years ago, students have enjoyed time in Holland, Italy and Spain. This biennial tour involves professional training sessions and matches against local opposition, as well as other UK touring teams. Other highlights of the trip include visits to theme parks, exploration of historic cities such as Barcelona and Milan and visits to famous venues such as the legendary football stadiums of San Siro and Nou Camp.
Equally popular, and alternating years with the Sports Tour, is the much celebrated Ski and Snow-boarding Trip. Running for 13 years now, this amazing trip takes students to snowy climes such as Italy and Austria at Easter or sometimes during the February half-term break. With appropriate tuition provided, students enjoy the slopes, no matter what their ability levels. Competition forms a fun part of the week too with award ceremonies at the end of the stay for the fastest athletes! Promoting soft skills and always a great experience, with so many opportunities to make new friends, this is a school favourite.
Each year, just 2 weeks into the first half-term, many of our new year 7s go off on a PGL adventure weekend. An opportunity to cement new friendships, students are taken out of their comfort zones as they build their team building and challenge skills, negotiating high ropes, abseiling and doing archery, to mention just a few! Always about the friends we have not yet made, this trip is now in its 8th year.
Our Year 7s are very lucky because in the summer term, they get the opportunity to visit France – just for the day! A long but much loved school trip sees students ordering food in French in restaurants and eating chips on the beach. Contextualising their language learning, this trip supports a life-long love of language learning. What could be better? The school’s Principal finds this trip so rewarding that he always clears his diary to ensure he can support and encourage the students to speak in French by attending each year. Now in its fifth year, the hope is that every year 7 student will attend this summer!
If students find that the Boulogne-Sur-Mer trip has whet their appetite for language trips, they need not worry since for the last 3 years, students from all year groups have enjoyed the school’s ‘Chateau’ trip which includes visits to the impressive and beautiful Mont St Michel and St Malo. Zip wiring, fencing, archery and other fun activities also form part of this fun July trip.
In addition, last December saw the launch of our trip to Lille. Once again, offering students every opportunity to practise their French at a Christmas market by chatting to stall vendors and ordering delicious hot chocolate makes this a very popular trip.
Key Stage 4 and 6th form students see many opportunities to visit universities and colleges but for those Year 12s who opted for Geography, this year saw them enjoying physical fieldwork in the Peak District and also on the Formby sand dunes. In addition, they experienced the wonders of a cavern in Castleton and several Liverpool experiences including a Mersey river tour and museum trip.
Trips are certainly an important part of the NPA experience and form a part of our Pledges and Futures programme. From visits to Peterborough sites and museums to travel abroad, we want our students to learn and develop outside of the classroom, as well as in it. Ensuring our students leave us as self-assured, confident people, means we are keen to continue to develop our programme of study and experiences which happen beyond the classroom.