During their time at St Margaret’s, our pupils are given the opportunity to complement their studies with a range of trips. Typically, younger children visit places of interest including Westonbirt Arboretum, Roves Farm, Sevington Victorian School and Chepstow Castle. Children in the Prep Department have enjoyed The Living Rainforest, Clifton Suspension Bridge, STEAM and Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.
Residential trips always prove to be very popular with children and staff alike. Residentials start in Year 3, when the children camp in the school grounds, supported by our staff and an energetic team from a local outdoor pursuits company. Year 4 children visit The Mill on the Brue Activity Centre in Somerset, where they take part in activities such as archery, zipwire and grass tobogganing; it's also a very important time for team-building, bonding and drinking hot chocolate!
Children in Year 5 enjoy a Swanage and Durdle Door geography field-trip. Here they study the Jurassic coast and conduct interviews with local residents, ultimately forming the basis of a research project for the area. Finally, our Year 6 pupils spend a week at UKSA in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. As well as being a celebration of their time at St Margaret's, the children embark on a journey of personal development. Again, this holiday is based on team participation, but also includes experiences such as keelboating, kayaking, paddleboarding, dinghy sailing and raft-building. Everyone is encouraged to participate in all activities, regardless of experience! This trip really is a huge hit with our pupils, and the perfect 'full stop' to their time at St Margaret's!