Academy Life
Trips and Visits

Trips and Visits

School trips form an important part of academy life and are often the most memorable when we look back on our school days. 

Trips to art galleries, museums, theatres, are regularly organised to enrich students’ cultural experience and support learning in the classroom.  The Academy ensures that no students’ learning is disadvantaged and applications for financial support for trips linked to the curriculum should be made to our finance department.

Residential trips to Europe, USA and further afield to Costa Rica and Dubai are also organised. The table below is regularly updated with planned trips and gives details on the date, cost and payment schedule to help families budget.


Trip title

Trip date

Year group

Information letter

Total spaces

Total cost

Payment instalments 

Spanish Pyrenees Ski Trip

15-22 Feb 20 7-9  Please click here for letter 40 £949

£75 non refundable deposit from 28 January – 5 February 2019

Please see letter for further instalment information


Disneyland Paris  19-21 Feb 20  7-10  Please click here for letter 35 £390

£150 non refundable deposit from 28 March – 4 February 2019

Please see letter for further instalment information

Disneyland Paris Trip   November 2020 7-10

Please click here for letter


40 £23

£90 non refundable deposit 9 -17 December 2019

Second Deposit £90 by 31st January 2020

Third Deposit £70 by 26th March 2020

Fourth Deposit £70 by 18th May 2020

with the final payment of £130 due on Monday 13th July 2020


Duke of Edinburgh


March 27th – 29th 2020 – Silver Practice (Kemsing/Meopham)

April 25th/26th 2020 – Bronze Practice (Orpington/Cudham)  

June 12th – 14th 2020 – Silver Assessed (Alfriston/South Coast)

July 4th/5th 2020 – Bronze Assessed (Knockholt/Downe) 

Various Years

Letters sent directly to students

Various N/A N/A
Bletchley Park Museum 4th February 2020 Year 11 Please click here for letter Year 11 Class £17.00 Full Payment 10th January 
New York / Washington DC Friday 28th May 2021 – 2nd June 2021 Years 7, 8 and 9 Please click here for letter 40 £1030.00

First Deposit By Monday 16th December 2019:  £150.00

Second  Deposit By Monday 20th January 2020:  £200.00

Third Deposit By Monday 6th April 2020:  £107.50

Fourth Deposit By Monday 13th July 2020:  £107.50

Fifth Deposit By Monday 14th September 2020:  £107.50

Sixth Deposit By Monday 18th January 2021:  £107.50

Final payment By Monday 1st March 2021: £250.00



News reports from just some of the trips that took place in 2019…. 

Gruesome Trip for Year 7s 

An excellent day out was spent at the London Dungeons with some of our Year 7 students.  We enjoyed an exhilarating drop ride, had a few scares and heard some gruesome stories of the City of London.

“At the London Dungeons it was fun but terrifying at the same time.  In my opinion, the scariest parts were Jack the Ripper and when the woman broke out of the cell! I found these scary because the lights were flickering and the characters just appeared in front of you.  My friends and I were really happy and enjoyed it very much. For most of us our favourite part was the ride, it was pitch black and went up and down.” Oliver, 7SWO

Year 9 GCSE Business Studies trip to Cadbury World

Year 9 GCSE Business Studies Students visited Cadbury World in Birmingham. The early start did not hinder the students and they were actively engaged in a business seminar at the education centre on the techniques Cadbury’s use to gain a competitive advantage. Students learnt how their favourite confectionery is made and uncovered the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate.  They played in ‘chocolate rain’ and added their favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk. They discovered the origins of the cocoa bean amidst trees and waterfalls in the Aztec Jungle, before jumping on board the magical Cadabra ride and visiting the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, a 4D cinema experience featuring Cadbury’s most popular character. Students also experienced the production techniques used to make the chocolate.

Mr Sandhu, trip leader said: “the students were excellent and it was a great way to take the business studies curriculum outside of the classroom”.

Richie Folaju: ”It was a brilliant trip with lots to do and I enjoyed the experience.”

Joshua Green: “I enjoyed the seminar as it helped me use my knowledge in the question and answer sessions.”

Lana Atkins:  “It was a great trip, experience and a day I will always remember.” 

Following the visit, we were delighted to receive a note from Cadbury’s Education & Heritage Centre Manager:  “I had the pleasure of meeting some of your students today and renewing a longstanding friendship with Mr. Sandhu.  I just wanted to note that during the marketing talk I delivered your students were very respectful, of excellent behaviour and a credit not only to your school, but to teenagers in general.  Mr. Sandhu and the other two members of staff were consummate professionals and you must be rather proud of your students and teaching staff. I sincerely trust we can host your school again.”


DSP/VI Trip to the Bridge Theatre.  

Fourteen young people from the DSP/VI Unit travelled to London Bridge to experience the specially adapted performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. 

The Flute Theatre’s Director and Performer, Kelly Holmes, used the Bridge Theatre’s amazing new layout which transformed the young people into insects in the Theban wood.

Her team used The Hunter Heartbeat Method, a distinctive methodology which uses Shakespeare’s rhythmic language and physical gestures to release communicative blocks within children with all levels of autism, including children who are non-verbal. This meant the show was interactive with the young people shadowing the actors and walking/talking the lines and songs with them.

All the young people seemed to be engrossed and comfortable with the day and all talked enthusiastically with the actors at the end whilst eating delicious biscuits and drinking orange juice.  They returned to SCWA tired and pleased with the success of the trip and are already planning to go again next year. 


Tearful trip to see Toy Story 4!  

Fifteen students from Year 7 went to Bluewater Cinema to celebrate Oliva Smith Del’s Year 7 Award from Jack Petchey.  Popcorn and drinks in hand they ventured into the cinema to watch a thrilling and emotional Toy Story. A visit to Burger King afterwards soon restored smiles to faces to finish off a lovely day.  All students agreed it was worth the visit!