“I especially remember the residential trips - being with my friends twenty-four hours a day was awesome.”

Where learning leaves the classroom

Ajay, 8, Tudors

“I especially remember my trip to Mill on the Brue. Why? Because there was a massive zip wire that we were encouraged to ride on. When I was scared the instructor and my teacher encouraged me to have a go and I overcame my fear. It’s a happy memory now, I still remember the wind going through my hair.”

To complement our pupils’ academic exploration, Westminster offers a number of cultural and leisure trips to a wide variety of local, national and international destinations.

Our central London location allows us to enjoy the many excellent museums, galleries and cultural sites our city has to offer, with the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the theatres of the West End proving consistently popular. There are not many schools where pupils can walk to the Tate Britain, study a world-famous painting and be back in school for the end of a double lesson. Our location also means that we are well-placed to easily travel into other areas of the country, giving our boys an appreciation of the UK’s beauty, history and heritage.

National destinations include Osmington Bay in Dorset, where the boys can go fossil hunting; Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest, where activities such as archery, rope climbing, kayaking, swimming, orienteering and raft building are available; and the stunning Norfolk coastline. Our staff also regularly arrange long weekend trips for whole year groups, visiting activity centres in all parts of the country, and these visits are a highlight for many pupils.

We also take the boys on international expeditions, introducing them to new and different cultures, languages, food and terrain. There is an annual trip to Italy, usually in the autumn, where the pupils get to explore Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and Capri. We also run several trips to France. One is a history trip, which allows the boys to visit a number of historical sites such as Amiens, St Valery sur Somme and the First World War battlefields. The other is designed to advance the boys’ language skills in Normandy. Other trips have included visits to Iceland to learn about glaciers, California and Nevada to understand desert climates and trips to South Africa, South America and China for the Senior Choir.

Whether the expeditions involve crossing a county border or a country border, we find that our pupils always gain new insights into themselves and the world around them as a result of these trips, as well as a greater understanding of and appreciation for whichever subject or hobby may have taken them there.

"Measuring the flow of a river while our teacher took aerial photos using a quadcopter. It could only happen at WUS."

"I didn't think a place like Iceland could exist. It was almost like another world."

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