Learning outside the classroom is a vital feature of Post 16 study. We encourage our students to access independently the fantastically rich resources our capital city has to offer but we also organise a whole series of school journeys both within and beyond London.
For example, Year 12 geographers visit Swanage in Dorset for a week to carry out fieldwork. They visit two villages and the Boscombe surf reef to investigate urban and rural re-branding. They also research extreme weather and carry out river work and link it with the flood alleviation scheme. They work with professionals in the area including an expert in managing flood risk from the Environment Agency.
Tallis students also attend the Arvon Foundation residential writing workshop in Shropshire, often as a way of completing coursework for our Year 12 Creative Writing course.
In previous years we have taken art students to a wide range of great cities including Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Florence, Rome and New York. Visiting galleries and museums in London is a central feature of the art, art & design and photography courses.
The Year 12 Media and Film Studies students attend a conference in Disneyland Paris in order to support their industry studies. The speakers include journalists from Al Jazeera, the BBFC, CNN and the Disney Corporation themselves. Historians have also joined forces with Film students on several visits to Berlin. The highlights of the visit include excursions to the Story of Berlin, The Jewish Museum, Check Point Charlie, the Stasi Prison. Business students engage in a series of visits that take them to numerous locations across London to work with professionals in the sector. Languages students have recently returned from Southern France, having sampled the delights of Olron, La Rochelle and Paris. Drama students perhaps hold the record for the number of school journeys they attend in any given term: they're always at the theatre in central London and elsewhere as barely a week goes by without a trip to the theatre to see world class productions and work by up-and-coming playwrights. In summer 2018 a bunch of Tallis students are off to Borneo as well.
Finally, the English trips to Whitby and Haworth are legendary. Eeh! They're grand! Imagine: three days away in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, featuring a dip in the North Sea, Whitby Abbey by moonlight, the Dracula Walk led by a man in a bowler hat, the glory that is Whitby Youth Hostel, a lengthy stroll up onto the Yorkshire Moors to Top Withens, a putative location for 'Wuthering Heights', a view of Ponden Hall (or 'Thrushcross Grange' in that wonderful novel) and a visit to the Bronte Museum in Haworth. An incredible amount is packed in to the shortest time.