At Copleston, we offer a large number of trips, visits and cultural experiences. Students really value these experiences and they are often amongst the top things they remember when looking back at their time at Copleston.
We offer a number of overseas residential trips which in recent years have included water sports and adventure trips to France and Spain for lower school students, a cultural trip to New York and a Geography trip to Iceland which was open to all Sixth Form students. This year, there will be a similar trip to Italy. The languages department has offered trips to France and Spain to allow students to practice their language skills and experience the culture. The History department has also taken students to the WWI battlefields and cemeteries in Northern France.
Several subjects include field work either as a integral part of the course or as a way of enhancing work done in lessons. These include an annual A Level Biology field trip to Minsmere and Geography field work to coastal towns and beaches. The Art department has organised art visits to London.
Many trips take place each year to enhance the curriculum. A few examples would include theatre visits by the Drama and English Department to bring to life the books or plays they have studied in lessons. There are Science trips to BT in Martlesham and PE trips to make use of the University of Suffolk fitness laboratories. Many other trips and visits occur each year.
Students regularly attend sporting engagements such as cross country events, swimming galas and away games and matches. We have teams involved in many schools leagues and competitions and we are often very successful. We also try to support students who are particularly gifted in a particular sport and may need to travel further afield for training or national competitions.
Visiting speakers and live webinars
We invite many visiting speakers across many subjects and year groups as well as taking part in live webinars. These have included live and online STEM events, Maximise YP (a motivational study event) and live politics discussions as well as visits from examiners. As detailed on our Careers pages, we also invite regular visitors to speak to our students about careers and university applications. These include ex-students and parents who understand our students and their aspirations.