Field Trips

The Friary School recognises the importance of bringing the ‘WOW’ factor into school learning and recognises that engagement and inspiration are integral to maintaining a high-level of learning.

Consequently, we work very hard to offer a wide range of field trips which are strategically placed to maintain interest, facilitate participation, and build on classroom learning.

The following school trips are regularly on the school calendar but may be adjusted or withdrawn. Alternatively, further excursions are built in where appropriate or deliverable:

  • Ski Trip Residential (1 week – 3-year cycle of Europe/Europe/Americas – Years 7-9)
  • Warwick Castle (History – Year 7)
  • Dovedale Walk (Geography – Year 8)
  • Normandy Residential (4 days – French – priority to GCSE linguists – Year 9)
  • Cotton Dell / Birmingham (Geography – Year 10)
  • Butlins’ Holiday Camp (History – Year 10)
  • Spires Care Home (Health & Social Care – Years 10-13)
  • National Portrait Gallery / V&A museum (Art – Years 10-11)
  • West End Theatre Trip (Drama – Years 10-11)
  • RSC in Stratford (English – depending on performances – Years 10-13)
  • National Arboretum / Artist in Residence (Art – Years 12-13)
  • Birmingham Library (English – Years 12-13)
  • National Crime Conference (Psychology & Sociology – Years 12-13)
  • Parliament & London Places of Worship (Religious Studies – Years 12-13)
  • Italian Coast Residential (4 days – bi-annual – Biology & Geography – Years 12-13)
  • Auschwitz / Berlin Residential (4 days – bi-annual – History & Sociology – Years 12-13)
  • Auschwitz (working with the Holocaust Memorial Trust – 1 day – Years 12-13)


The school reserves the right to target and prioritise students where in our judgement the ‘learning’ impact will be greatest.

The school reserves the right to bar students due issues relating to attendance, or behaviour, or the level of support required, in order to maintain the safety and confidence of the staff and wider group.

The school will operate the most popular trips on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis via online payment.

All deposits are non-refundable as the school is not able to cover the admin costs and payments out of its own budget.

The school will offer partial discounts to Pupil Premium students where feasible and where the trip will have a greater ‘learning’ impact. (NB – This is not applicable in all cases and not a commitment to fund the trip).