School Trips

Ripon Grammar School runs an ambitious programme of residential trips to enhance students’ learning and to provide intensive study of a particular area of the curriculum. These trips also have wider benefits in giving students the chance to be independent, to experience new places and often new cultures, to broaden their horizons and to build confidence.

Our residential trips are separate to the day visits and curriculum visits that take place throughout the school year.

World Challenge

Biennial 'World Challenge' expedition - every other year students have the opportunity to participate in this significant expedition to countries not typically on the tourist trail.

In 2014, over fifty students and staff spent four weeks in Nicaragua and Costa Rica where they took part in jungle treks, climbed volcanoes, visited remote coastal regions and worked with underprivileged children in schools. In summer 2016 a group of students visited Malaysia and Borneo and worked with local villagers on a bridge project. The next trip is a three week trip to Ecuador which will take place in summer 2018.Details of parents’ meeting regarding the World Challenge expeditions are posted in the calendar section of the school website. Students who are in the fourth to sixth form may apply for a place on a World Challenge expedition.

School Visits Overview 2016

Year groupDepartmentVenueDurationDateCostNo. of studentsLead Staff
7GeographyRiponHalf a dayOctoberN/A120RAK
Science (Ecosystems and habitats)The Deep Sub aquarium, Hull1 dayJuly£13120CH
8GeographyFlamborough Head1 dayJuly£8120RAK
FrenchNormandy6 daysJuly£52094ITC
PEEllsmere Rugby2 daysMarch£6710AJM
HistoryBeamish Open Air Museum1 dayDecember£11120JF
9PEBewerley Park5 daysMay£273120SEG
GermanBerlin4 daysJune£50016ITC
GeographyCity Fieldtrip1 dayMay£8 (TBC)150RAK
ScienceSystagenix, Gargrave1 dayOctober£015CH
Food and NutritionBettys Cookery School, Harrogate½ dayJanuary28LS
FrenchLa Rochelle area8 daysOctober£27015ITC
GeographyItaly5 daysJune£63553RAK
LibraryNewcastle University1 dayNovember£1130SD
ITThe Nestle Business Challenge, York1 dayJune16RW
Food and NutritionBettys Cookery School, Harrogate½ day January10LS
10/11Classics Greece6 daysMarch£66040MW
11GeographyMalham- CA fieldwork1 dayOctober£636RAK
ArtYork1 dayFebruary£9FAH
EnglishOf Mice and Men - Darlington1 dayMarch£16.5047GI
Classics and RSItaly6 daysMarch£66050MW
EnglishAn Inspector Calls – theatre trip1 dayMay£2769SJW
Home Economics FoodLondon Borough Market1 dayOctober£755LS
History Krakow, PolandJanuary40DB
12ArtCornwall3 daysOctober£24536FAH
GeographyLake District2 daysMarch£21226RAK
12+13EnglishWest Yorkshire PlayhouseEveningOctober£18 per studentApprox. 50BCF
EnglishHaworth1 dayFebruary£20.5023HCM
Sixth FormOxbridge conference Newcastle1 dayMarch£1035EG
Sixth FormUCAS conference – Bradford1 dayJune141EG
Sixth FormNewcastle/Northumbria Open Days1 dayJune141EG
Sixth FormOxford Uni open days3 daysJune20EG
Sixth FormCambridge Uni open days3 daysJune/July20EG
ITAccountancy Challenge, York1 dayFebruaryRW
ITYoung Enterprise1 day eachHarrogate (February),York (March),Stratford (March),

Harrogate (July)

ITPrince’s Trust- finalBusiness Challenge- Newcastle UniversityVocalink, Harrogate

Teeside University

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ChemistryCPI Sedgefield1 dayJuneN/A15 CH
12/13GeographyContrasting Fieldwork2 daysJuly£15026RAK
12/13GeographyIceland5 DaysApril£1000 (TBC)30 (TBC)RAK
12/13GeographyManchester revision course1 dayMarch£2331RAK
13HistoryBerlin5 daysDecember£53030DB
BiologyLife lab Newcastle1 dayMarch£18.5048JRL
GermanHamburg7 daysJuly£2206NL
PhysicsCERN, near Geneva3 daysMarch£35015-20R Griggs
ArtParis4 daysNovember£41524FAH
AllPEManchester city1 day21/10/15£1745AJM
AllSki tripAustria7 daysFebruary£95074ANM
AllGreenpower/ Design technologyCroft/Darlington1 dayJuly£12.5015SM
AllGreenpower/ Design technologyGreenpower National Final- Goodwood Motor Circuit- SussexWeekendOctober£4515SM