Everyone deserves the chance to travel | Vote for your winner!

Thursday February 16, 2017

Last month we launched an exciting competition, giving you the chance to win the trip of a lifetime. Just like Wicked’s Elphaba believes ‘everyone deserves the chance to fly’, at WST we believe everyone deserves the chance to travel.

We wanted to give you the chance to take your students to London to see Wicked performed on the West End, followed by a two-course dinner and transport there and back. To enter, all you had to do was submit 200 words explaining why your students deserve the chance to travel.

We received hundreds of fantastic entries, but after a lot of deliberation managed to whittle it down to our final shortlist.

So, without further ado, here are our five finalists. Read their stories then vote for your favourite!

Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 15th March.


Tasker Milward VC School, Haverfordwest

 Tasker Milward Vc School

“Despite not having money for basic equipment like pens and books, the pupils of our school are still devoted to helping local charities. Whilst most schools held Christmas fayres designed to raise money for their own gain, our pupils had a massive Toy Collection which was donated to PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship) which is our local food bank, ensuring that no local child went without gifts last Christmas.

We were invited to London to attend an awards ceremony for our efforts with reading (we were one of the best schools in Wales) but we simply did not have the money to attend. It would be lovely to show our appreciation for the continued efforts of our pupils by providing them with the opportunity to see Wicked in London!” – Lauren Davies

Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Bebington

 Wirral Grammar School For Boys

“I am very proud to teach at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and particularly for their dedication to charity work. Each year the boys get to elect a charity of their choice and for the 2015-2016 year they chose Wirral MIND, in memory of a former pupil who had taken his own life shortly after leaving Wirral, due to mental health problems. The funds were raised through a diverse variety of fund-raising events: non-uniform days, cake sales, house charity events, a sponsored walk and Sixth Form students completing the 3-Peaks Challenge.

Typically, the school raises around £10,000 each year for the chosen charity, but last year was a record breaking £15,000! I was this boys' form tutor in Year 7 and taught him along his journey through Wirral, so the efforts that our current cohort put in really touched my heart. Matthew's mum attended the cheque presentation. She said, "I want to thank everyone; every parent, every pupil and every teacher for their kindness and support in raising this amount of money for such an important cause." I would love to reward the sixth form team who work tirelessly coming up with ideas on how to raise money.” – Dawn Hynes

North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury

 North Oxfordshire Academy

“Behind the scenes in the NOA science department we have a remarkable team and they are the students who make up the animal care club. These children are committed, dedicated and passionate about all that they do. All members show continuous enthusiasm, responsibility and loyalty for each individual animal housed within this school. All without expected praise or reward. Their outstanding dedication is seen by myself and many other members of staff every single day.

Each morning students will check on every animal, feed/water and exercise them, if necessary. They check the health and accommodation of each animal, making sure that the pet received the best quality of life here at NOA. This work continues at break, lunch and even after school. Daily the team stay behind for an hour or more to help with any animal chores and to show the pets care and affection. They are not asked to do this, they do it of their own free will. Each student is proud to be an animal care club team member, and I’m proud to have such a fantastic team. I cannot think of another team of children here who would deserve this reward to the theatre more.” – Carly Roberts

Newman Catholic School, Carlisle

 Newman Catholic School 1

“Our school was devastated by Storm Desmond on 5th December 2015. The building was flooded with contaminated water, up to a height of 7ft, destroying books, IT resources, art work, technology projects and our newly built sports hall. No department escaped unscathed. The building was unusable, so we have been moved to a temporary location, in a former primary school on the edge of town. The building was too small to accommodate the pupils, so 12 portacabin classrooms had to be built.

Our pupils have had to put up with an enormous amount of upheaval, getting used to a different building, coping with the loss of their work, having to sit exams in an old community centre, which was earmarked for demolition, because the temporary site has no hall big enough for our needs. Our pupils have had to be very resilient. One year after the floods, we still don't know where or when our new school will be built. I think our pupils deserve this trip, for all that they have had to put up with.” – Mary Brookes

Prenton High School for Girls, Birkenhead

 Prenton High School For Girls 2

“It would be easy to write 200 adjectives to describe the incredibly amazing students at Prenton High School for Girls! But perhaps you need more information about who we are and what we are about. Recognising the array of talent, dedication and commitment shown by our girls, The Prenton Theatre Company was launched. Since its inception just four months ago, The Prenton Theatre Company has become the talk of our school community! A school for the arts within our school. Founded in October 2016, the cast of 100 students produced their first musical theatre performance, 'Cinderella' by December 2016. No mean feat!

The show was recognised as, 'the best ever' and the performances as, 'magical’ and ‘truly stunning'. Perhaps most impressive was the size of the cast; with a role for everyone regardless of age or experience. Commitment and passion are the only prerequisites for our Theatre Company. A complete sell out on both nights is testament to the quality of the performance! Many of our students have never experienced live theatre making their own achievements even more impressive. Experiencing a professional performance of 'Wicked' will really take The Prenton Theatre Company to a new level of aspiration.” – Cheryl Burns

Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 15th March.

If you’d like to organise your own school trip to London’s West End for your students, get in touch with one of our travel experts today who will be happy to help.