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To report a child's absence for years 7-11 please email or call 01454 862395.  For 6th Form please call 01454 862333.  

Trips and Visits

Here at Downend we believe in the intrinsic value of educational visits and offer a variety of these as part of our established enrichment programme. These give our students opportunities for personal and academic progress beyond the classroom, to explore their curriculum in a real-world context so as to deepen understanding, as well as to enjoy new experiences and to build new relationships. 

Below is an overview of the residential trips that will be on offer for each year group, including approximate costs. For each trip a letter will be sent giving details of the trip, confirming its cost and payment plan as well as who to contact if making the payments presents financial difficulties for you and your family. We have published this overview to help inform your decision making around trips, which we appreciate is difficult in the current economic climate. 

We are committed to as many of our students as possible attending a residential during their time at Downend and as such priorities year 7 camp, which we heavily subsidise for low-income families. Whilst the other residentials represent valuable learning opportunities, students are not disadvantaged by non-attendance.

Year Group

Trip and brief description


Approx cost

Year 7 

Yr7 Residential - 3 days at the Ultimate Adventure Centre site in Bideford, where students will enjoy numerous challenging activities developing team building & problem solving skills, as well as developing students’ confidence and independence. The centre is set in the peaceful North Devon countryside near Bideford with experienced and fully trained instructors leading groups through every aspect of the days.

July 2024


Deposit: Oct

Year 8

Yr8 Humanities London Trip - 2 (full-on) days exploring the capital city. On day one, the focus is history and includes visiting the Tower of London (including visiting the Jewel House and the Crown Jewels), a curated Thames river cruise, and a visit to the British Museum. The day ends with time in the iconic Leicester Square and dinner at Cafe Rouge before a well deserved rest at the Premier Inn. The following day the focus switches to Geography with a guided tour of the 2012 Olympic Site; one of Europe's largest urban regeneration sites. Here we visit the Olympic velodrome and swimming arena, and the Olympic Stadium (now home to West Ham Utd). 

Y8 Humanities London trip curriculum links

July 2024


Deposit: Nov 

Year 9

Yr9 Aachen Christmas Market - 2 days 

An opportunity to develop and practise language skills whilst visiting the Christmas Markets, Lindt Chocolate factory and Aachen Cathedral and Crypt. 

Dec 2023


Deposit: Sept

Yr9 Bronze DofE Enrolment

Practice and Assessed Expedition (2 days each)





Year 10

Y10 Monaco - (Languages students only) 5 days

The trip is an excellent way for your child to gain experience of France including its culture and history, and to advance their French language skills. The trip will include up to four mornings (16 hours) of language workshops. Students will also take part in a number of visits and activities. The emphasis is on communication, fun activities and enjoyment of the French language and culture.

April 2024


Deposit: Sept

Yr9 Silver DofE Practice and Assessed Expedition (2/3 days each)





Ski Trip - Italy *

Information from the Ski Trip Meeting 4th March 2024 

March 2024




Football Tour - Portugal *

April 2025


* these trips will run bi-annually on alternate years

In addition to residentials, a variety of day/evening trips take place each year. These have included theatre trips, field trips, writing workshops, careers fayres, sports tournaments, court visits and singing trips.

Additional enrichment opportunities are also available on-site, please see for further information.

This list is not exhaustive, and as opportunities arise we reserve the right to add to this list. In addition, where insufficient contributions are received then trips may be cancelled.  

If you require any further information about these visits and trips, or the enrichment programme in place please email the school at and it will be forwarded to the most relevant person.

Year 7 Residential 


 Please see below link for the Year 7 Residential Trip 



 Year 8 London (Humanities Trip) 


Please see below link for Humanities Tour to London letter 2024



Year 9 Aachen Trip


Please see below link for the Aachen trip letter




 Year 10 Monaco Trip


Please see below link for the Monaco Trip letter