Will Potterton, Director at Leavers Hoodies Company looks into the popular locations in Leicestershire for school trips, explains why Leicester is rife with possible locations and why school trips are still a vital educational tool
Whilst classes in the classroom can all merge into one, the experience of being in an atlernative environment adds a new dimension to learning that tends to stick with a student. Have a think, I’m sure you’re able to remember some of the trips you went on in school and maybe a few of the things you learnt, too.
Not only do school trips help children learn in greater detail about a specific subject they’ve covered in school, they also allow students to aid personal development with interpersonal skills, team work and respect levels all being tested. Of course, these skills can be improved in school but there is nothing quite like experiences in the real world.
Over the years, we have supplied many schools, local and from further afield, with personalised clothing for trips and many of these trips have in fact taken place in the county we’re based, Leicestershire.
Whether it be Science, English, History, Art or PE, Leicestershire has a variety of different school trip locations spanning different topics. Being in the centre of England, the county’s facilities are also easily accessible to most cities and towns around the country. Here are some of the most common school trips in Leicestershire that we come across:
The National Space Centre
Interactive activities aplenty, The National Space Centre contains all things space with hands-on galleries covering stars, planets, solar systems and the life of an astronaut.
Home to the largest planetarium in the UK, a 42m high rocket tower and a 3D educational space mission simulator experience, teachers and students alike will leave the centre with a new-found love of the world beyond our own.
For primary school groups, The National Space Centre also offers sleepover events for primary school groups.
King Richard III Visitor Centre
Less than five years ago, this attraction didn’t even exist. Now, it’s one of Leicester’s most prominent tourist attractions for the general public and, because of the rich history and significance, school trips too.
Since finding King Richard III’s body in a Leicester car park, the visitor centre has opened and schools can learn the story of the last Plantagenet King in an innovative and captivating way. An exhibition visit features a mixture of science and history covering everything from genome sequencing of ancient DNA to the life and death of the King.
A popular visit for drama students, Curve is a state of the art theatre based in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Unbeknownst to many, Curve has much more on offer than great shows.
The theatre offers a range of interactive workshops, activities and backstage tours for all ages, from primary to college students. Workshops are designed to open up the world of theatre by getting behind the stage and revealing the hidden process of a rehearsal room. These workshops can be tailored to particular curriculums and needs.
Set in 34 acres of countryside, Beaumanor Hall offers outdoor learning experiences for children of all ages, from primary through to college. Activities range from abseiling, orienteering and high ropes courses to learning team skills, nature studies and historical themed learning. Depending on what the trip is for, activities can be tailored to support any area of the curriculum.
For a more immersive experience of the 19th century stately home, residential stays are possible with cabins and tents for camping.
With all of these and more on Leicester’s door step, it’s no surprise that schools, local and not, visit for educational trips.
About the author
Will Potterton is director at Leavers Hoodies Company, a company that provides high quality, personalised hoodies, shirts and t-shirts for school leavers and school trips.