Trips and Visits

At Swanbourne, we understand that trips can be one of the most the exciting things for a child and so we believe that trips are a very important part of school life. Our trips range from local day trips to residential tours.

Outdoor education on trips provides a range of teambuilding and leadership challenges which has the children's character firmly in view. Our residential trips really serve to build character and encourage independence. They always return motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly with a true understanding and respect for teamwork. The table below shows an overview of the trips from last year, most of which are regularly on the calendar.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Nursery Visit to Swanbourne Post Office   Mead Open Farm
4s     Home Farm
College Lake
5s     College Lake
6s Waddesdon Manor Visit to Hindu Temple Home Farm
7s Pantomime Trip
Dinosaur Zoo
Science Museum / National History Museum Hazard Alley
Whipsnade Zoo
8s Pantomime Trip
St. Alban’s Trip
Science Museum / National History Museum
Hughenden House  
Viking Day
College Lake
8s Residential Weekend
9s   Winslow – Geography Data Collection
9s Residential Weekend
National Space Centre   Excursion Day
Adventure Weekend
10s Anglian Water
ICT – Guardian project
  Excursion Day
11s   Chateau de la Baudonniere Trip   Staffordshire Regiment Museum RS Trip to Jewish Museum
Excursion Day
TY   Geography Field Trip, Old Malthouse
VI Form and Junior Scholars visit to see Electra, Old Vic Theatre
  Leavers Residential Trip
Science of Chocolate (in house)
Excursion Day
Houses of Parliament
Music Prep Schools Music Day @ Oakham
Senior Choir Concert
Senior Choir to Winslow Market
Prep School Orchestra Day @ Uppingham Choir Tour
Boarders Alton Towers Warner Bros Studios Thorpe Park

Below is a short summary of the residential trips that the 7s-TY undertake.

7s Overnight Camp

The 7s have a chance to spend their first night away from school during the Summer Term. They go away for one night to a venue close to school where they build on the skills learned and challenges faced at the 6s Adventure Day.

8s Outdoor Education Adventure

In April, the 8s go away for two nights to an activity centre near Bristol. Here they take part in an obstacle course, climbing, basic navigation and camp craft skills, all the time building on their experiences from previous courses. This is a trip that the 8s thoroughly enjoy.

9s Peak District Weekend

The 9s weekend away takes place in the Peak District in September. The highlight of the weekend is a long abseil off an old railway bridge. The 9s have the chance to do more advanced navigation and hill walking as well as climbing on the Burbage crags.

10s River Wye Adventure

Over a weekend in the summer term the 10s undertake a journey canoeing down the River Wye. The highlight of the weekend is riding the rapids through Symonds Yat. A short video of this trip is shown above.

11s Chateau Trip

The very popular 11s trip to France takes place in September. The 11s are away for one week to improve their French and to take part in outdoor activities.

Top Year Leavers’ Trip

After all the hard work revising for and sitting the CE exams, the Top Year take a very well deserved break in Dartmoor. It is on this trip that the children put together all the skills they have learnt over the years. They also experience their caving for the first time, which is usually voted the best activity of the week.