Roedean School sits amidst a 45-acre campus with panoramic views of the Brighton coast. Here, students enjoy a unique learning experience that spans well beyond the School’s classrooms. They spend plenty of time learning outdoors, both on the expansive campus, in Brighton, and in countries all over the world.
These are 16 of the trips that Roedean School has planned for students throughout the 2023-24 academic year. Each complements the students’ studies, contributes to their holistic educational experience, and builds Roedean’s relationship with international emerging markets.
Year 11 Geography students spent two days at the Calshot Centre, near Southampton, in September. During this two-day trip, they completed field investigations for their GCSE studies. After working on the one-mile-long sand and shingle bank, they enjoyed activities like rock climbing, archery, skiing, and ringoing.
In October, the new Year 7 cohort took a cross-curricular, cultural tour of the Opal Coast in northeastern France. This trip gave students a great opportunity to make new friends while exploring the Nausicaá National Sea Centre and visiting traditional cheese and biscuit makers.
Year 8 students visited PGL on the English Riviera in October for two days of team-building and independent fun. They took part in an array of activities, each designed to help them build their confidence, resilience, and problem-solving skills. Students followed a bespoke timetable that encouraged them to push the boundaries of their comfort zones while spending time with friends.
Year 9 students took a cross-curricular, cultural tour of Normandy and the surrounding area in October. During their trip, they visited local museums and galleries and explored the region’s military history.
Year 10 students visited Lille, France and Bruges, Belgium on a cultural twin-centre trip in October. They immersed themselves in art collections, cultural activities, and mediaeval architecture.
In October, Year 12 students visited Oxford, Bristol, or Bath to explore cities where they may like to pursue their higher education. They toured historical sites, explored places of cultural interest, and spent the evening at a theatre or cinema. Overall, they were able to experience the university cities’ vibrant atmospheres and get a feel for life in these places.
Year 12 and 13 students spent an enjoyable weekend in St Ives, Cornwall in November. This study weekend involved plenty of drawing, printing, and ceramics in the coastal town, which offers huge artistic influence. Students also visited Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth’s House and Sculpture Garden, the Bernard Leach Pottery, and the Porthmeor Print Workshop.
Year 12 and 13 English students enjoyed a weekend retreat on the Isle of Sheppey in early January. The Sixth Form students drew inspiration from the marshes of Sheppey for their gothic creative writing pieces. Nature walks and other outdoor activities stirred the students’ imaginations, and Roedean School will publish some of the best writing in an anthology.
Year 10-13 Art and French students will embark on a cultural trip to Paris in February. This city has provided much of the context for inspirational artwork over centuries. The students will tour iconic museums and explore the city’s inspirational art history.
In February, Year 10-13 Geography students will explore Iceland’s natural wonders. These wonders include waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, and geysers, which they will learn about in a guided tour across Iceland’s south coast.
Roedean School will travel with their trusted tour operator Discover the World. This tour operator has created once-in-a-lifetime Iceland trips for previous Roedean student groups, who loved exploring this “theme park for geographers.”
The tour will see students explore the “Golden Circle,” Lava Centre and Lava Show, Secret Lagoon, black beaches, a glacier walk, a geothermal power station, and basalt columns.
Year 10-12 German and History students will visit Berlin in March. They are looking forward to delving into the city’s rich culture, visiting historic sites, and interacting with native German speakers to enhance their language skills.
Year 9-12 students will take a skiing trip in St Anton, Austria in March. Students will practise their skiing skills in picturesque snowy landscapes. The students who took this trip last year enjoyed exploring the snowy realms and taking advantage of the amazing skiing conditions.
Year 9, 10, and 12 netball players will take a week-long tour of Cape Town, South Africa from the end of May to the beginning of June. They will partake in training sessions, matches, and a surf lesson. They will also visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the District 6 Museum. On top of this, they will take a Langa Township Tour and enjoy a dusk and sunrise game drive.
Year 12 Geography students will visit Dorset in June to work on their independent coursework projects at the Leeson House Field Studies Centre. They will collect data, analyse geographical processes, and explore the southern Jurassic Coast.
In June, Year 7 and 8 students who are interested in sustainability and environmental issues will participate in nature-related activities in South Wales. These activities will include visiting the Bug Farm, studying intertidal marine surveys, taking a boat tour to spot sea life, and partaking in a Surfers Against Sewage beach clean. They’ll then relax around campfires with marshmallows.
Year 11 and 12 students will travel to Moldova to teach Ukrainian refugee children English in July. They will also visit an orphanage just outside the capital city to meet and play games with the children who live there. Roedean School organises this visit every year as part of Project 125 and has pledged to cover 3% of the orphanage’s annual running costs for the next 10 years.
Roedean School’s extensive range of trips enriches the education that students receive on-site at the all-girls boarding and day school. These trips contribute to the School’s mission to ensure each student enjoys diverse experiences that suit their interests and desired learning outcomes. Each trip piques students’ curiosity and engages them in multiple activities beyond the core curriculum. Girls make memories to last a lifetime, bond with friends, and learn in inspiring settings.
Find out more about Roedean School’s 2023-24 trips.