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 have recently attended the Arvon Foundation residential writing workshop in Shropshire. We often take students there as a way of completing coursework for our Creative Writing EPQ course.
Sometimes we're further afield still - in summer 2018 a bunch of Tallis students went to Borneo, and we're developing links with schools in Taiwan also.
Many subjects run specific trips to support learning. Government and politics students get to walk the corridors of power in the halls of Westminster and the Greater London Assembly and geographers get dirty in the Darenth Valley and elsewhere every year.
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. 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 seeing world-class productions and work by up-and-coming playwrights.
In previous years we have taken art students to a wide range of world 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.
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. And! you can buy proper boiled sweets for the journey back from Mrs Beighton's Sweet Shop.