Meet our 2023 College Journey Champion finalists

This award is concerning the wonderful individuals who assist present essential faculty journey experiences and go the additional mile to embrace and promote studying exterior the classroom. Who made the ultimate 4 in 2023?

The College Journey Champion Award is offered as a part of the College Journey Awards and comes with a £1,500 prize for the winner’s faculty to spend on a future journey.

The winner, introduced on the awards lunch and ceremony on Tuesday sixth June on the Royal Lancaster Resort, London, was…

Karen Tidmarsh, Winchmore College, Enfield, London

After a long time of educating geography and PE after which turning into head of yr, Karen retired from educating in 2021 and was appointed faculty journey coordinator at Winchmore – a put up created by the headteacher who didn’t wish to lose her experience.

She mentioned the core goal of her position is “full coordination of faculty journeys, guaranteeing they’re protected, fulfilling and inclusive of all college students.”

In addition to guaranteeing that each one journey leaders have the arrogance and understanding of the administration, funding, well being and safeguarding necessities concerned, Karen additionally liases with mother and father commonly to reassure them that each one journeys are open to all college students.

Karen advised us: “All through my lengthy profession at Winchmore College, studying exterior the classroom has at all times been my ardour and bringing the web page to life for college students.”

In recent times, there was a deal with re-engaging college students with the surface world and guaranteeing they expertise ‘life past the M25’. In her first yr within the put up, Karen has managed to recover from half of the varsity neighborhood out on both a day or residential go to and has not too long ago returned from a again to again ski journey involving over 70 college students for the primary time for the reason that pandemic.

Karen added: “I guarantee each journey is inclusive of all college students, for instance visually impaired, disabilities reminiscent of cerebral palsy and SEND.”

She additionally investigates any funding alternatives for deprived college students reminiscent of neighborhood fundraising and manages journey budgets guaranteeing funds are reasonably priced for folks.

Winchmore College

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Subsequent Karen (far proper) throughout the faculty’s first ski journey to Claviere in Italy. College students and employees having fun with a well-deserved lunch break on the slopes throughout a ski journey to Italy. Raft-building throughout a Yr 7 journey within the Brecon Beacons. 1/3 present caption

A few of Karen’s latest journeys have included: day visits to UK Parliament, Westminster Abbey, V&A Museum and Bletchley Park, and residentials have taken Yr 7 college students to the Brecon Beacons, a mixed-age group snowboarding in Claviere, Italy, a Yr 11 English journey to Edinburgh and a Yr 12 goegraphy area journey to Somerset in addition to a cultural go to to Spain and New York.

Learn extra concerning the different 2023 finalists…

Selwyn Boothe

Gunnersbury Catholic College

Brentford, Middlesex

Organising journeys throughout all departments, Selwyn, who has been the varsity’s mentor for 20 years, says he spends time with Yr 7-13 college students, both 1-1 or in a bunch setting to grasp their wants in respect of extra-curricular actions and visits.

He advised us: “College students with nervousness and low vanity will usually be those that may help me within the preparation and organising of the journeys. This offers them a way of not solely duty, but additionally making them know that they’re essential.”

Selwyn defined that as a college they’re very aware of guaranteeing that each one college students are included within the “alternatives to take pleasure in instructional energetic and residential actions throughout their time” and as a part of this he works alongside the scholars to seek out out about their pursuits and hobbies.

He additionally makes time throughout faculty holidays to rearrange extra-curricular actions and residentials to offer college students “one thing to do fairly than keep at house”.

He was a part of the scholar alternate that attended South Korea in 2022 and has organised numerous yearly residentials to Kingswood exercise centres within the UK and France since 2005.

To make the residentials occur, Selwyn volunteers his time over weekends and Financial institution Holidays to organise and attend. He described them as: “A lot-needed time of enjoyment for each college students and employees the place, via help, everybody can work collectively to take pleasure in teamwork and study themselves and others, which in flip bodes them nicely for future life, each out and in of the classroom surroundings.”

He added: “In recent times I’ve endeavoured to, and have virtually taken, the entire early years on no less than one exercise for the reason that pandemic.

This yr I’ve already taken 50 pupils to New York and goal to take 75 college students from Yr 7 to the Isle of Wight Kingswood and 100+ Yr 8/9 college students to Paris, Normandy and Rome.”

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Subsequent Teamwork and the social aspect of instructional visits for the scholars and employees concerned are essential facets to Selwyn. Selwyn has organised numerous visits to Kingswood exercise centres over time. A few of Selwyn’s college students having fun with a visit to Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge. 1/3 present caption

Among the visits Selwyn has been concerned in embrace: taking the College Choir to Paris, Holland and Belgium in addition to artwork journeys to Paris, historical past visits to Belgium, plus visits to Warwick Fortress, Hampton Courtroom Palace and RE excursions to Wintershall and Rome.

Jo Hilson

Thomas Gainsborough College

Sudbury, Suffolk

As the varsity’s instructional visits coordinator (EVC), Jo oversees the entire faculty journeys and helps colleagues with a step-by-step information to operating visits together with letters, shows, danger assessments and monetary planning.

The college provides a variety of journeys together with residentials to all yr teams and have designed the planning information to help mother and father to allow them to see the cycle of journeys for every group and plan accordingly.

There are simply over 1,500 pupils throughout Years 7-13 and Jo advised us they now observe attendance of journeys in order that they know what number of college students have engaged in studying exterior of the classroom, and notably on visits. She mentioned: “Which means that we will establish limitations to college students who haven’t attended and permits us to focus on them for future journeys. Practically each topic has a visit deliberate throughout this yr and we proceed to watch this.

“After every journey scholar suggestions is gathered so we will assess the effectiveness of the journey and any instructed enhancements for the longer term in order that we will try to take advantage of out of those visits.”

Jo added: “Our goal is for each scholar to expertise a variety of studying alternatives alongside the social and cultural advantages that journeys and visits convey.”

Already this tutorial yr they’ve run 42 journeys and 65% of your entire faculty have attended with practically each topic having a go to deliberate this yr. In addition they supply monetary help and fee plans to make sure they’re accessible.

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Subsequent One among Jo’s latest highlights was taking 90 Yr 9 college students to Ypres to go to the battlefields. Yr 10 Movie Research pupils had the chance to work with college students in Denmark to provide mini movies. 1/2 present caption

Among the visits Jo has been concerned in have included: France, Germany, Italy and Spain associated to language research, geography area journeys for Yr 8 and 11, cultural visits to theatres and musicals, plus a residential ski journey. They took 90 Yr 9 college students to Ypres for a Battlefields expertise and Yr 10 Movie Research college students on a residential in Denmark. They’ve additionally been to the Design Museum in London, the London Symphony Orchestra and a bunch of scholars additionally visited the Home of Commons.

Michele Vidler

Potters Gate CofE Main College

Farnham, Surrey

Michele has been a educating assistant for greater than 20 years and is commonly came upon on visits with the kids or educating and supporting classes exterior, from maths scavenger hunts to science investigations.

She helps different yr teams with their classes, is Forest College Chief and varieties a part of the residential crew, giving help and recommendation along with volunteering her time reminiscent of taking care of the varsity pond throughout the holidays.

She mentioned: “We commonly run off website faculty journeys. For instance, in yr 1 we go to our native museum for a Victorian day. After all, I like to decorate up as a Victorian boy. We go to a forest, the seashore and a park to call just some.

”As an skilled member of employees, I assist to run the journeys, together with the planning and preparation. I additionally prepare our TAs in order that they will help their class on journeys.

“It’s such a pleasure to supply the kids with fantastic experiences away from house. Residentials in Yr 4 and 6 have seen us kayaking, mountaineering and climbing excessive ropes. It’s a problem however I’ll at all times lead by instance.”

Michele has a particular curiosity in supporting the varsity’s deprived youngsters and not too long ago supported a baby with SEMH (social, emotional & psychological well being difficulties) to go to Windsor Fortress. She helps run a bunch for Pupil Premium youngsters taking them to locations to extend their ‘cultural capital’ and added: “My cabinet is filled with sources and garments for kids or employees who must borrow them.”

She has been Forest College Chief for the final six years which includes planning and delivering periods for all youngsters throughout the 2 colleges together with danger/profit assessments and educating abilities reminiscent of sawing, hearth lighting and whittling. She mentioned: “I like seeing how the independence, confidence and abilities develop over their periods.”

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Subsequent Michele helps run faculty journeys in addition to being obtainable to assist help different yr teams. She is Forest College Chief delivering all periods throughout the 2 colleges. Michele commonly plans off-site visits reminiscent of to the park, seashore and museums. She not too long ago supported a baby with SEMH difficulties to go to Windsor Fortress. 1/4 present caption

Among the journeys Michele has run embrace: Alice Holt Forest, West Wittering Seashore, Bishops Meadow in Farnham, a Yr 5 Camp Out, a Yr 6 residential to Brenscombe in Dorset and a Yr 4 residential to Sayers Croft in Cranleigh.