2018 Competition

Calling all Cornish schools, students, parents and class teachers!

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  ALLA Accredited Activities: Coasteer around the rugged Newquay coastline, learn to surf the Atlantic waves, discover the seashore with our safari tour and enjoy our private beach facility.  

 ALLA Accredited Activities: Coasteer around the rugged Newquay coastline, learn to surf the Atlantic waves, discover the seashore with our safari tour and enjoy our private beach facility. 

Enter our competition to win a surfing lesson for your entire class with First Wave Adventures at Great Western Beach Newquay.  

T&Cs apply.  Transport must be arranged independently.  Open to all Cornish primary and secondary schools for students aged ages 8-18.  Groups must be accompanied by a class teacher.  Maximum class size is 30.   Winners announced the week after February half term

T&Cs apply.  Transport must be arranged independently.  Open to all Cornish primary and secondary schools for students aged ages 8-18.  Groups must be accompanied by a class teacher.  Maximum class size is 30.

Winners announced the week after February half term

NCS Ocean Adventure

Ocean Impact

1. Understanding your own strengths

 (in preparation for Job Interviews and CV creation) 

Day 1: 30% of attendees could identify one or more personal strengths

Day 3:   85% of attendees could identify one or more personal strengths 

2. Communicating in a Group

(in preparation for social action and access to employment )

Day 1: 42% rated their communication skills as an area they wanted to develop 

Day 3 : 90% believed they had improved their confidence and communication skills

3. Making Friendships for the NCS Journey 

   (in preparation  for life ) 

Day 1: 52% of the group felt that they were entering the process with strangers

Day 3 :  100% of NCS First Wave Adventure recruits had made at least 1 new friendship and they were 100% that nobody in their group felt like a stranger! 

It starts with a Yes and ends with a sunset........

As part of catering for the Phase 1 Adventure, NCS Programme we have created a  specified  First Wave Adventure Residential . 

Beach BBQ with NCS Petroc 2017 

Beach BBQ with NCS Petroc 2017 

Ocean impact?

A cohort of 57% male and 43% female aged 17.

Two NCS mentors per 15 students and one First Wave Adventures instructor per eight students. Four students per single sex dormitory........a few ices creams, pasties and plenty of salty action. 

I spoke to new people

I now know what will power is

I have been inspired to learn how to swim

I learnt how to approach new challenges

I worked well in a group

my confidence increased

I can tell others about ocean safety .....I didnt have a clue

Our Beach

One in ten UK children have never stepped foot on a beach ........lets change this statistic! 


Growing up with Enid Blyton adventures to inspire a spirit of exploration makes this fact even more upsetting. With the 1/10 ratio looming over us , we cater for all kinds of curriculum links to assist schools with their mission to get out of the classroom.

Just contact us to find our how we can design an ocean based activity  around your aims and objectives.  


The feeling of sand between the toes and the rhythm of the ocean waves is still one of our favourite experiences to share and with our own beach we are perfectly ready for you! 

Get Out Of The Classroom!

How to build trust, confidence and positive relationships  in order to impact on your learners  : Coasteering is just one of our recommendations .....


Trust provides the foundation for communication, respect and positive relationships. 

The absolute best way to develop life skills is to challenge pupils with a team building experience. One that throws them out of their routine and into a real-life scenario (AKA The Atlanctic Ocean)  where trust and support are mandatory! 

“When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.”
Ofsted, LOtC: how far should you go?, 2008

What is Coasteering? .........Its our favourite activity for building classroom relationships. The experience lasts way beyond the residential. 

All Coasteering sessions  are tailored to suit your groups abilities and can include cliff jumping, scramble climbing, adventure swimming, rock hopping and more. With a ratio of 1:8 your in safe hands. 

 We provide the wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, and expert tuition. All you need is an old pair of trainers and a can do attitude. 

For the more extreme people out there, we can push the limits and tackle some big jumps, scale cliffs and play in water features when the tide and swell's allow. For the less extreme we can skip the jumps and spend the rest of the session exploring caves, swiming, climbing and traversing the coastline.

Find wildlife along way such as seal's, crustations and other cornish treasures.  

Take a peak at our social media images to see how a First Wave Adventure could help develop your pupils individual qualities. 

Arrival by trains, planes and coaches ........................

St Day Key Stage 2 Residential 

St Day Key Stage 2 Residential 

Last week we catered for a diverse mix of local, national and international school groups visiting us for their annual School Residential. They all had a refreshing approach to Health and Wellbeing as a method for supporting both academic and personal development .

Let’s Get City Kids joined us from London, British School of Gran Canaria flew in and St Day Primary School came all the away from Redruth (20 minutes away!).    The best thing about this mix was seeing that the results were the same for each group.   

The focus of each First Wave Adventures residential is the precious use of time for; building relationships, experiencing new challenges and for the development of health and wellbeing of both pupils and teachers.

As proven by Learning Away a residential has a lasting impact: http://learningaway.org.uk/impact/independent-evaluation-learning/ :

''learning is enhanced through the residential experience. Education residentials are, almost without exception, the gift that keeps on giving.”

Professor David Hopkins, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, Executive Director of Adventure Learning Schools


Residentials are proven to have a positive impact:

         Foster deeper relationships

         Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing

         Boost cohesion and a sense of belonging

         Improve students’ engagement with learning

         Improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding 

         Support students’ achievement

         Smooth students’ transition experiences

Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation

                                                                   Widen and develop pedagogical               skills

The facts are out there! 

GCSE Geography @firstwaveadventures

Fieldwork First

If you want to complete your GCSE geography fieldwork requirements why not book a First Wave Adventures residential?

 Investigate a range of human and physical geography themes.  Including, Coastal Flooding, Coastal Erosion, Ecosystems, Coastal Landscapes, Coastal Tourism and Changes in Human Environment and much more.

Use a variety of fieldwork skills allowing students to use a range of quantitative and qualitative methods such as:  Beach sediment (size and shape) and beach profile, bi-polar coastal management evaluation, field sketches and photographs, extracts of the local shoreline management plan (SMP), A BGS geology map visualisation, historic maps analysis, qualitative methods of evaluating the success of management measures, environmental quality assessments, Impact of Tourism Assessments, Footfall Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments and Cost Benefit Analysis.

Our aim is to help schools inspire, skill up and equip students for their next adventure.   

Thinking like a geographer
Inspire your students to think like a geographer by immersing them in beautiful Cornish, real world environments and by using the latest geographical techniques and technologies.

Completion of all the fieldwork requirements
Use a human and a physical environment. We can provide background information to assist schools in completing the fieldwork statement.

Experience, learn and use fieldwork skills with our guest tutor

Tom Frost

7 day snapshot @FirstWaveAdventures

 there is so much going on behind the scenes...... 

  1. We visited The Education Show  at the start of March. I was in my element. The urban showcase of our salty approach to nurturing health and wellbeing was really well received.
  2. Adam, our Head of Water, came 3rd in the World Surfing League. what a hero! #learnfromthebest
  3. We have now added Yoga and Mindfulness to our activity packages and we have trained with ClassYoga . I can't wait to share this with both teachers and students. 
  4. Our first group of the season arrived.....a small group of 128 french students. Packed lunches galore! This was followed by a Polish School . Their english language skills were just exquisite.
  5. Our Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean #educationmatters  made the papers
  6. Great Western is Newquay's original surfing beach. We  are delighted to be working with the community to create an exhibition that documents the history of our special beach. Why not share our excitement for this and check out this fab online resource called: The First Wave. -Your class will love the audios. 
  7. A mental health awareness organisation, called OneWave, has launched at Great Western. They meet every Friday for a Free The Funk Session!  Its a global happening and we are thrilled to be part of this.....watch this space to hear more about this group. 

Why not share in our passion and follow us on Twitter.......Instagram or Facebook


Big Spring Beach Clean 2017 Education Matters.......


Both local and visitor volunteers showed up for the SAS Spring Beach Clean, at our beach, Great Western Beach in Newquay on Saturday 8th April. About 15 people were working their way with hands, pickers and rubbish bags along the high-tide line, over the dry sand beach and the surrounding coves to collect all ocean debris and human rubbish. The result of this effort was several bags containing glass and plastic bottles, drinks cans, paper, silver foil and various plastic containers . Hardest to see and largely escaping collection were the hundreds of micro-particles of plastic that scatter the tideline sand, often enmeshed in the seaweed clumps. 


All involved were pleased with the results of this sunny day on the beach and their active support of a national campaign by Surfers Against Sewage to clean up our coastline, especially the beaches where we and our children love to play!

First Wave Adventures is proud to support Surfers Against Sewage and share the their message with the school groups that stay with us.  

                        Education Matters @firstwaveadventures  

Creating unforgettable learning experiences  

With A salty twist ........................ 

 Creating unforgettable learning experiences @firstwaveadventures 

 Creating unforgettable learning experiences @firstwaveadventures 

Today TES published an article  by Dan Watson -'A trip outdoors is a seed of change' .......its worth a read and great to have Ray Mears championing residential experiences for the school curriculum.  Ray states that pupils need to embrace the natural environment and that this in turn impacts positively on their school life. 

The ocean  plays a big part in our residential packages.....but so it should.......we are all surrounded by it!

And, Its not just about the fun or the lifelong memories created in the water, each FWA activity package is designed to nurture the personal development of students. 

 On the first night pupils meet the RNLI, fancy dress is normally involved!  The week then unfolds through a variety of learning opportunities.

Each day starts with a cooked breakfast and then the timetable of activities  lead you through a series of new experiences and challenges.  

Impact and Evidence 

We always look forward to hearing from our schools when they return the following year......... 

We hear first hand the lasting impact of our FWA Activity Packages  but the growing support and evidence  for school residential trips is also stacking up.  


[after their residential experience] More than two thirds  of secondary students felt they had a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses 73%, had developed their listening skills 71%, had more confidence in explaining things to others 71% and felt more able to join in discussions at school 68%”    
York Consulting, Evaluation of Learning Away: Interim Report 1, June 2013


We love to know that the salty experience of a First Wave Adventure continues to support teachers and pupils back at school. 


September Wear Sunscreen

Transitional September

Why is September so important to FWA? 

Create trusting relationships through outdoor activiies @firstwaveadventures in Cornwall  

Create trusting relationships through outdoor activiies @firstwaveadventures in Cornwall  

In September we cater heavily for Transitional Year Groups (Year 6-7, Year 9-10 and Year 11-12). Helping to mark the process of change and grounding those life long memories, friendships and crucial bonds between teachers and pupils.  Getting out of the classroom, for just a few days and experiencing outdoor activities, has the most wonderful impact on budding relationships .  Wether its during a surf lesson, while kicking back and watching a sunset or sharing some toothpaste, a better understanding of your pupils will be gained.   

We Have Real Passion For Transitional Groups


Baz sums up this passion for nurturing education through his rhythmic poignancy of  life’s transitions.........(follow the link to share with your class!) 

wear sunscreen az learnman

The ‘00s’ Wear Sunscreen tune, delivered nostalgically and splattered with pure pop wisdom, is perfect for First Wave residential recruits.

It of course highlights sun safely but most importantly shares the truths of real life scenarios; relationships, health, economy and personal development. It really is PSHE in a song and It’s my favorite clip to share with Year 7s or post 16 pupils. The skills developed, on an activity packed, First Wave Adventure all contribute to future life experiences. 

Academic Achievement 

A change of surroundings and friendship groups is one of the biggest transformative periods in our children’s lives. A supportive foundation, laid down from the start of the school journey, can aid the future success of the personal and academic achievements of each child.

Join us this September to help make that transitional phase a fun and rewarding experience for both teachers and pupils. 


Develop new friendships in the surf 

Develop new friendships in the surf 

First Wave Adventures is delighted to be based at Great Western Beach (GWB)

First Wave Adventures School Trip at Great Western Beach 

First Wave Adventures School Trip at Great Western Beach 

Newquay, is firmly established as the UK’s surfing capital and GWB is where it all began. With the forthcoming Olympic Games to include the sport surfing there is no better time to join us at the beach.

There are seven beaches across Newquay but here are our seven reasons as why we love this one the most…………..



GWB 1964

GWB 1964

1.   GWB is a surfing heritage spot and recognised as the first surfing beach in Europe.


2.    GWB loves all things retro and the renovation of The Slope Café pays homage to the original surfers …. It will open later this season.......Check out the 1964 image of Roger Mansfield, he is at GWB on most days so you should get to meet him!


3.    GWB is featured in its own novel written by Emma Smith (literacy link!)


4.    GWB sits centrally within access to the town, but once your toes feel the sand your transported to the serenity of a privately managed beach facility that is nestled in its own cove. Your hotel is under 10 minutes away (on foot!)


5.     GWB is home to our First Wave Adventures activity base and is a Surfing accredited surf school (one of only two in Newquay).


6.    GWB has its own Baywatch Team! The GWB RNLI lifeguard base is in operation from 10am-6pm every day from Easter to October.


RNLI Base at Great Western Beach 

RNLI Base at Great Western Beach 

7.    GW is a beach with a view, the far reaching Atlantic Ocean stretching out either side of the cove, and at low tide you can walk to both the Harbour and the landmark Huer's Hut.

Join us for a truly authentic First Wave    Adventure
Short walk to the harbour 

Short walk to the harbour 

How do you know what level you are surfing at?

Sam Lamiroy, The English Pro Surfer,Has Developed A Really Accessible Ability Measure – Called The IAM Bands.

Mapping progress on a First Wave Adventure with; colour, style and a self-esteem boost.

Accomplish………succeed………triumph………stoked…….. These are all great words to describe the feeling of popping up and riding that first wave.  But, how do you get to this epic moment of cruising past your friends and high fiving your FWA Instructor? Well, you work hard,  have a lot of fun on the way and your qualified instructor will assess your progress.  

Join the Wall of Fame  http://www.iambands.com  

Join the Wall of Fame http://www.iambands.com 

We Are Delighted To Make this A Part Of Our 2017 School Trips And FWA Education Programme ..........

Whatever your style or pace, our instructors will nurture the progress of each individual; we introduce you to the icons of the sport, give you a WWW and EBI at each step of the journey and tackle each pumping set of waves as and when you are ready.

‘It’s just like mapping your progress in any subject except its way cooler and you can wear it with pride’

FWA Trip Leader

With a ratio of 1:8 you are in safe hands and by the end of the residential trip you will gain your IAM Band and join the infamous wall of fame.

‘Next year I am aiming for orange!’   IAM Band Graduate
‘Next year I am aiming for orange!’
IAM Band Graduate


What colour will you be?



What Colour will you be? 

What Colour will you be? 

Adventures ............

Life is about courage and going into the unknown

 ( Walter Mitty  2013 )

With the new year approaching I wanted to touch on the prospect of new adventures. 

This term I have really enjoyed visiting schools and preparing them for their 2017 residential. It’s great to meet teachers to put their mind at rest but I also love how pupils respond to hearing about what they will do on their trip. My favourite question to date regarded a concern over great white sharks in the water of Newquay!


So, who inspires us??? Well firstly Walter Mitty and the amazing sound track from the 2013 film, but then there is ……Paddington Bear……. Phileas Fogg ……. The Famous Five……… Homewoodbound (just to name a few!). But there are also some brilliant curriculum links to some authentic adventure pioneers.


To gain access to a First Wave Adventure you have to be aged 8 or above, so here is a list of 8 adventurous characters, each with their own curious twist : 


1.  Rolf Pots and his bagless travels

2.  Nellie Bly and her use of a telegram

3.  Wildlife photographers- Martin and Osa Johnson and their book ‘I           Married Adventure’

4.  Thomas Cook......the man........ not.... just a travel agency

5.  Gertrude Bell and her bravery

6.  Louise Boyd and her North Pole triumph

7.  Apollo 11 and the mystery

8.  Sir Randolph Fiennes and his endurance  


 The inspirational facts (look them up!!) surrounding these travel heroes has created some hilarious conversations about what to bring and how to prepare for the trip to Cornwall. Luckily we provide a 'what to pack' handout too!


Live, Laugh and Learn is our moto and for the schools who are already booked up for 2017, their journey has already started. 


 We can’t wait to get you on the beach for your First Wave Adventure.





Catching a wave with Corinne...

Corinne Evans First Wave Adventures

Proudly introducing our surf coach and all round good friend, Corinne Evans.

Corinne’s passion is surfing and she loves to share her knowledge and skills with individuals to help them reach their full potential.  She excels at boosting the self-esteem of young girls and encouraging them to achieve their dreams. Low self-esteem has been proven to be a crippling factor in both personal and academic development so at First Wave Adventures, we strive to increase confidence for all students. This is why we are delighted to have Corinne on board (excuse the pun) and to be able to share her passion with our First Wave Adventure school groups, Corinne works with women of all ages and she has a personal reason which drives her passion.

Corinne says "I moved to Cornwall at the age of 13 and this is where my love for the ocean began. As a young teen I remember watching my Dad and brother surfing together, I always wanted to join them but I lacked confidence and the fear of failure held me back. Running my Girls Surf Tour keeps me busy all year round, the drive to get more women and girls into the sport is what I wake up for. Allowing them to have a relaxed environment where they can learn how to surf, meet new friends and feel confident in and out of the water are the main goals behind me creating Corinne’s Surf Tour."

 Corinne's Qualifications

  •  ISA Level 1 Instructor
  • Surf Life Saving GB Qualification

Corinne promotes healthy eating and shares tips for gaining a positive approach to dealing with the daily reality of being a woman. A writer for Surfgirl Magazine and a favourite with the First Wave girls.  

We love her and so will you!



The Five Senses

This week I wanted to talk about why surfing is such a crucial part of our health and well being school residential trips. 

The experience of water, be it a warm bath, a swimming pool, a pond at a public park or even a mesmerising fish tank has a certain effect on us. The natural sounds and rhythm are relaxing and the symbolism of water has many  obvious historical and religious connotaions. My favourite is the adventures and lessons that Kingsley conjures  up through his Victorian tale of The Water Babies, with Tom gaining his moral education from falling in the river!  It seems that the fun of water is that it has a  transformative power, so where is the proof?

Chris Burkard the surf photographer talks opening about his search for breaking the monotony of life and how submerging himself in challenging  surf conditions transforms his mood (https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_burkard) ,  the BBC saw Dr Chris Van Tulleken recently  explore open water swimming and its positive uses for treating depression. Incredible. 

Here at First Wave Adventures,  Adam Griffiths (our resident semi-pro surfer) states that he sees first hand how pupils let all their worries go when they surf.  I agree, I feel fantastic after some Great Western wave action-even if my skills are limited and I have only managed to just about, stand up once!

It  seems to me that what  ever your surfability , when entering the salty ocean all five senses are engaged.  So yes, water can be accessed from every where but surfing is so powerfull because of the way it impacts your five senses.  


This week I have been re-designing and starting to resource our Great Western Beach Games for 2017.  

I have a rubber skeleton to collect (thank you Healthy Schools for this donation https://www.cornwallhealthyschools.org/) and thirteen fluffy, lucky fish. I actually brought the thirteen sea water replicas back from a recent trip to Sweden. The notion and value of Play has really occupied my thoughts for our educational packages and I think the subliminal messages of Lego Land have really got under my skin. I could share the hours of Ted Talks I have listened to regarding this, but for now I will join the unconscious links!.........


While in Stockholm, my holiday reading material; Living Danishly by Helen Russell, perfectly ignited my fascination with the Scandi dream and the fact that they are renowned for their health and wellbeing culture. So, the character in this book is married to 'Mr. Lego'. Who yes, you guessed it works for the plastic building block company. The book explores their transition from British culture to that of a Nordic lifestyle covering the differences in education systems, health care and social expectations. Then, Last night I saw Captain Fantastic (an education in itself) and before the film started there was a two minute Lego Advert, pulling at your heart strings and perfectly pinpointing the importance of play in the development of our most fundamental life skills. I later discovered that Cambridge University have in fact hired a Lego Professor to further research into Play. The lucky academic will head their own research department at Cambridge and will be funded with the sum of £4 million donated by the Lego Foundation!

I am delighted by this. Long Live the wise words of Einstein, the nurturing of play and Lego! 

5 Great Fundraising Ideas to Help Fund School Trips

School trips are a fantastic way to enrich the education experience and create long lasting memories for both student and pupil. However these trips can be very costly and it is not always easy for those families less able to afford the costs of these residentials. This blog contains 5 suggestions to help raise money towards school trips.


Bag Packing

A fantastic way to raise money and give a positive outlook in the community is through packing bags at a local supermarket. Volunteering to aid the public pack their shopping gets the students out of the classroom and interacting with society.

Bake Sale

Bake sales are a really fun fundraising method. Bake sales are when students go home and make cakes and biscuits to then bring into school and sell to each other and the public. This gets children in the kitchen and becoming very creative to produce cakes. A good way to encourage creativity and more cakes is to have a prize for the best baked item. This method also gets mothers involved with the fundraising creating a bond between home and school.


Auctions are a brilliant way to fundraise. The best way to do this is to ask the children to go out into the surrounding area with parents and speak to local businesses and shop owners to ask for items to be donated for the auction. These items can be anything from a bottle of wine to a family outing. Prizes that tend to do the best include rounds of golf and meals at restaurants.


Bring and Buy Sale

A great way to get rid of unwanted clobber and raise money for school trips is a bring and buy sale. This involves families of students donating items such as clothes, toys, DVDs and books amongst other things, which are brought to a location and then sold to the public. The best locations for these events are village/town halls and sports halls. These events bring in the public creating a positive relationship between the school and the community.


School Play

One of the best ways to raise money is through holding a school production. A school play is a fantastic way to showcase the talent of the school and to get everyone of the students and teachers involved. This would raise money by choosing a suitable play and charging money for tickets.  This method not only raises money but also teaches children new skills and boosts the confidence of those on stage.  This gives an opportunity for parents to watch the children with pride whilst creating life long memories.


5 Student Benefits Of School Residential Trips

School residential trips play a vital role in the development of students from early years primary pupils right up to those at sixth form colleges. Whether it be a simple day of outdoor activities or a trip to a foreign country the residential trip is proven to boost learning and self confidence in children and young adults. This blog highlights five particular benefits. 


Improved Teacher-Student relationships

Under a regular school environment there is always friction between teacher and pupil. The environment created on a school residential trip allows the breakdown of this formal pupil-teacher relationship. As teachers involve themselves in residential activities pupils see a different side and a positive relationship is formed. This has endless benefits in the classroom post trip as pupils are more engaged with their teachers achieving an increase in learning. 



Engaging hard to motivate students

In 2008 an Ofsted report concluded that taking students out of the classroom and into a more interactive environment was an excellent way to engage those students who find academic work challenging. Those who are sometimes disruptive in the classroom can use their energy in a positive sense either to engage in physical activities or explore their curriculum through visual stimulus, which is proven to be far more engaging.



Enriching curriculums

The most obvious reason for a school residential trip is to enrich the curriculum. It is a fact that school children learn much more efficiently when they actively engage with their subject. This can be particularly effective in History with easy access to museums such as the imperial war museum in London where subjects such as the First World War are brought to life and forever imbedded in the memories of visitors. In Geography visiting countries and areas of study is far more effective than the pages of a textbook. This is also true for modern foreign languages where emerging pupils in a language of a foreign country increase their engagement and learning.



Personal and social development

This is a very important factor in the lives of young people and schools play a huge role in this. Residential trips aid the personal development of pupils through taking a child away from home and embracing the world without their parents. Many children are away from their parents for the first time on school trips, which aids social development through creating strong bonds with their piers. Spending days and nights together creates enjoyment and life long memories that children cherish all the way into adulthood. 



Improving confidence

 A monumental outcome of school residential trips is the build up of confidence among young people. On physical trips overcoming set challenges gives students a large boost as they learn to realise that they can achieve things they did not think possible. On more academic trips pupils are more engaged with their subject enhancing their ability to learn and recall what they have experienced. This creates further academic confidence improving a student’s capability in the classroom. 


To enquire about booking a school residential trip to Cornwall, just get in touch.

Funding For School Trips

Despite the UK having a 'free' educational system, the cost of sending your kids to school is rocketing. With uniforms and sports kits, books and stationery, travel expenses, and food costs to take into account, sending your kids to school costs an average of £1,000 per year (secondary school) and £600 (primary school).

It's no wonder then that when schools send out a letter to ask for £300 to go on a school trip or school residential, it proves a bit of a pinch to some. But to others, with 3.5 million children in the UK living in poverty and many other financially disadvantaged families, it's a huge ask from  to find that sort of money. 

What Can Schools Legally Charge For?

When it comes to residential trips, schools are allowed to charge for school trip accommodation and food, however, they are not allowed to charge for activities that take place during normal school hours. They can, however, ask for a voluntary contribution.  This is often suggested without a school contribution, given the school's own limited budgets.

We're aware of the pressures and difficulties that both children and parents from financially disadvantaged families suffer when parents cannot afford to send their children on school trips.  But there is something that can help...

Funding School Trips With The Pupil Premium Fund

Every year, publicly funded schools receive a pupil premium fund for every child that is eligible for free school meals. For the 2015-2016 year, school will receive the following:

£1,320 per pupil in reception year to year 6

£935 for pupils in years 7-11

These funds are allocated specifically to further the education and support children who are financially disadvantaged. If your child is eligible for free school meals, then the school will have received a pupil premium fund for them.

If the school is asking you to voluntarily contribute money towards a school trip for your child, why not ask them why they are not using the pupil premium fund to cover these costs?


5 Awesome School Trip Ideas

1. A School Surfing Trip To Cornwall

There are few more exciting and exhilarating sports than surfing and where better to take your students to learn than to Newquay, the UK's surf capital. There are a huge amount of health benefits of surfing and a school surfing trip gives students the opportunity to learn about the coastline and marine biology, build confidence and self-esteem through team building on the beach, learn an awesome new sport, encourage a healthy lifestyle and build memories that last a lifetime. On school residential trip to Cornwall with First Wave Adventures Activity Centre in Newquay, students can learn to surf with world class tution through the Surfing GB Junior Surfing Scheme.

Price: £180-£280 (5 day residential)

Best for: Overall experience/school residentials

2. Go Ape With A Tree Top Adventure

Catering for up to 280 students and with 28 locations across the UK, an adrenaline packed day to Go Ape offers a fantastic opportunity to help students overcome fears and bond with their peers. 

Price: £20-£30

Best for: Overcoming fears and building confidence

3. A School Ski Trip To Europe

There are few more satisfying sports than skiing, and a school ski trip to Europe gives students a chance to not only learn a new sport and bond with their peers, but also to experience new cultures and languages.

Price: £500-£800

Best for: Those with a larger budget

4. Climb Mount Snowdon

The endorphin rush and exhilaration you get from reaching the peak on a trek such as the one at Mount Snowdon is huge. Challenge your students to push themselves physically and mentally and get the very best out of them with a day trip to Snowdonia. Located too far away from Snowdonia? No problem, trek Ben Nevis or Scafell Pike instead.

Price: £30-£40

Best for: Challenging students

5. Experience Down-Hill Zorbing

Only those who have experienced it will be able to tell you how awesome down-hill zorbing really is. You can experience both harness and hydro zorbing at one of the UK's many zorbing sites. Suitable for children aged 7 upwards, zorbing makes for a fantastic adrenaline packed school day trip. Decided to go on a school trip to Newquay with First Wave Adventures Activity Centre? They offer zorbing as part of their school trip packages!

Best for: Adrenaline packed day trips

Price: £20-£40