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Trips and Residentials
We run regular Residentials across Alumnis Multi-Academy Trust, which give the children a wide range of experiences.
Year 2: Shark Sleepover at the National Aquarium in Plymouth. We sleep in front of the Eddystone Reef!
Year 3: Residential to Cornwall. We stay at the fabulous Snoozeboxes at the Eden Project.
Year 4: Residential to Bristol, staying at Bristol Harbourside and taking in the sights and sounds of this wonderful city.
Year 5: Residential to Dorset. We stay in a hotel in Bournemouth that we've used for years and have a brilliant time exploring this beautiful part of the country.
Year 6: Residential to London. For our Year 6 this trip is a lovely way to round off their trips with us. We stay in Kensington, take in the museums, Houses of Parliament, a West End show, the London Eye - you name it, we do it! It's a busy week but we all have a great time.
Across KS2 we offer a trip to Barton Hall in June as well which gives the children the chance to experience some adventurous activities.
We also run regular WOW experiences within each School which work with the Curriculum.
We always try and give families a reasonable amount of time to budget towards such trips - usually by providing costings and a payment plan about six months before the trip takes place. We are always happy to discuss a different payment plan if that helps you budget for a trip. There are also other organisations and charities which are worth considering applying to for financial aid. Here are some of the ones we can direct you to:
- The Devon Educational Trust
- The Tiverton Co-Operative Learning Partnership has access to some grants, including the Tiverton Educational Foundation which may be able to help.
- St Michael and All Angels Church has a small charity that you can also apply to. Either speak to the office for contact details or contact the Church Office on 01398 332885 and ask to speak to the Church warden.
- Viscount Amory's Charitable Trust was created in 1962 by the Viscount Amory, Member of Parliament for Tiverton and, from 1958 to 1960, Chancellor of the Exchequer. One of the Trust's aims is to support the people of Devon through their communal activities in various spheres; one of which is education.
Here’s the Kit list and details for the year 2 Shark Sleepover:
For those children heading into the world of Residentials, it can seem exciting, fun, or a little bit daunting – and we strive hard to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their experience. For that reason, our Year 3/4 Residentials are a little shorter than those offered to Stag class. However we definitely pack a lot in! It’s always a really fun time away and we love seeing the children develop their skills and confidence as the week progresses.
At Bampton our Year 3 children are offered the chance to go to Cornwall. We stay on site at the Eden Project in their fabulous Snoozeboxes. We eat all our meals down in the Biomes and use the land train to get to and from the acommodation. We also spend one evening doing the Secret Biomes workshop which gives us a fantastic opportunity to experience the Rainforest after dark! It’s great fun and something that is only available after the gates have shut, so we have a very special time.
Our Bristol trip takes in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city whilst allowing the children to experience some independence on a residential.
Below are some of the letters parents may find useful for this year's trip.
Year 5/6 Trips
Year 5/6 have two fabulous Residentials during their time in Stag Class.
Our Year 5s are offered the opportunity to go on our Dorset Residential which takes place in early May. This trip takes in the historical aspects of ship building in the region and the geological importance of the Jurassic coast. It’s a fantastic week long trip which supports the curriculum and also offers challenges for each child.
In Year 6 we go to London. This is also a week long trip and we travel by train and stay near the Museums. We take in the sights and sounds of the capital city, visit the Houses of Parliament and watch a West End show. It’s the jewel in the crown of our SWSF Residentials and we all come back inspired and a little exhausted!
Below you can see the presentations for both London and Dorset, plus any letters that are sent home about the trip.
As ever, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me – either in the office or on email.
L. Bull, Educational Visits Co-Ordinator, SWSF.