Westminster has an extensive Expeditions programme which offers both cultural and leisure trips at home and abroad. Linguists are well catered for by visits to France, Spain, Germany, Russia and China. Art Historians have visited Barcelona, Paris, New York, Venice and Chicago; skiing trips have been to Vermont and the French Alps; rock-climbers have been to Norway, Corsica and Skye. As well as the annual Sixth Form trip the Gower, in recent years geographers have been to Morocco, Iceland, China and Jordan.
Each October a group of pupils enjoys the Lyke Wake Walk, covering the 40 or so miles across the width of the North Yorkshire Moors in under 24 hours – one reward being a dawn breakfast at Rosedale in the centre of the Moor. Last year the School as a whole mounted over 60 expeditions with some 1400 individual journeys made.
All boys in Years 9, 10 and 11 participate in at least one five-day expedition every year. These expeditions enable pupils, accustomed to city life, to experience environments and cultures beyond their familiar territory. They involve activities such as hill walking, camping, climbing, sailing and visits to centres of cultural interest in the UK and on the continent. School House at Leadgate, near Alston in Cumbria, is principally used for visits by House groups of Fifth Form (Year 9) boys, all of whom stay for five days at some time during their first two terms together with their House Master and House Tutor. Pupils can enjoy the fells of the Lake District, visit Corbridge Roman Museum or Vindolanda or Hadrian’s Wall for Roman history, or take a trip to Durham or the Beamish open-air museum. A visit to old lead mine workings on Alston Moor is for many a highlight of this trip. Boys are also expected to help with the cooking and general housekeeping. School House is also used by other groups for a variety of activities during the year.