Get inspired: brilliant school trip ideas for teachers

Wednesday September 26, 2018

If you’re planning a new school trip for your subject, sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get started. At WST, we offer a whole range of fantastic school trips for 15 subjects, ensuring you’ve always got a choice of great educational experiences for your students. However, if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite tours to give you some school trip ideas. So, the only question now is, where will you be taking your students next?


English Literature: Stratford Upon Avon

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 Birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon is a destination sure to capture the imaginations of your students. The Royal Shakespeare Company puts on a brilliant selection of plays each year, giving your pupils the opportunity to see the likes of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet brought to life on stage.

What’s more, your students can retrace the footsteps of the Bard himself by paying a visit to his family home. A perfect introduction into Shakespeare’s life, exploring his former residence can help add context to the era in which he penned his plays.


Maths: London

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 If you’re short of school trip ideas for mathematics, then look no further than London. The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum is a brilliant teaching resource, with exhibitions exploring how mathematicians’ tools and ideas have helped shape the modern world.

A trip to the British Museum is also a must. Hosting a range of free sessions specific to KS3, 4 and 5 students, you can choose between the Maths Challenge, Money in the Museum, or Money Handling and Financial Education. The museum also provides each group with a number of fun classroom resources which you can utilise after the trip.


Science: Geneva

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 An eye-opening school trip for budding scientists, Geneva is home to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. A brilliant school trip idea for students with a passion for physics, the scientists at CERN are using the world’s most powerful particle accelerators to answer some of the universe’s big questions. To date, CERN’s most revolutionary work includes the discovery of antimatter and the invention of the internet.

Thinking about booking a school trip to Geneva? Read teacher Graham Brooks’ top tips for visiting CERN.


Geography: Iceland

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 An unforgettable school trip for geography students, Iceland’s dramatic landscapes and geothermal activity make it a fantastic case study. Students can take a tour of the Golden Circle, a trip which encompasses three of Iceland’s most famous geological sites: Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

As well as studying Iceland’s natural wonders, students can also experience one of the nation’s man-made features – the Blue Lagoon. Capitalising on Iceland’s tectonic activity, the pool is heated by the neighbouring geothermal powerplant and is rich in minerals. Students can take a dip in the mesmerising pool, while also learning about the benefits of geothermal energy.


History: Krakow

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 With so many European cities rich in history and culture, picking the perfect history trip for your students can prove tricky. However, for those studying World War II, a visit to Krakow will provide them with an unparalleled insight into the brutality of the Holocaust.

Home to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, students can pay tribute to the 1.1 million prisoners who lost their lives in Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp. Visiting the museum can help students develop their understanding of the war’s atrocities, as well as give them an insight into the awful conditions the prisoners endured.

A school trip to Krakow is an unforgettable experience. Find out what student Sophie learned during her school visit in her Krakow school trip diary.

At WST, our student travel experts will be happy to provide you with plenty of ideas for school trips that compliment your subject. If you’d like to chat through which destinations would be a good fit for your pupils’ learning objectives, get in touch today.