School Travel Awards 2017/18

Published on 25 September 2017

School Travel Awards 2017/18

The School Trip Champion Award recognises an individual who goes above and beyond when it comes to delivering school trips and learning outside the classroom opportunities. Jacqui Hargreaves, Vandyke’s Head of Design & Technology and Food Science has been nominated and has got down to the final four!

Mrs Hargreaves describes this varied and busy role; “Vandyke is an Upper School and our intake is from Year 9 to 13, and the demographic is very  varied. My role is to run the D&T and Food department.  In addition to my regular duties as a teacher, I work closely with a number of local industries to help enhance my learning outside the classroom programme.

I organise an average of three school trips each academic year and all of these trips take part during student’s school holidays, so no curriculum time is lost. I have organised over 150 residential trips overseas over the past 35 years. All trips are organised in my own time and I do not have a paid role for this at school. Trips include Technology focused trips to France, Italy, Germany and New York.

Over the past 15 years I have organised very large trips that are whole school focused. These have included Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, various destinations in France, plus New York,  Boston, China and Florida. They have had group sizes for 25 to 87 students.

My plans for next year include a Sixth Form trip to New York in October, a Year 10 and 12 trip to Sri Lanka at Easter and an Italy trip in May. I am also planning a trip to Japan for 2018/2019.”

Please show your support and vote for Mrs Hargreaves to win this accolade and a £1000 prize to spend on a future school trip for Vandyke. 

Votes are being taken online at www.schooltravelorganiser.com/champion  The deadline for voting is Monday 2nd October.