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Exploring the World

At the heart of the ethos of St John's is the intention to create rounded, open-minded young adults who are curious, interested and socially aware. Having a global and local perspective is an important element in achieving this and high-quality trips and expeditions add enormous value to a pupil’s time at our school.

All pupils have access to a rich variety of both residential and day trips, as well as pupil exchanges, overseas expeditions and cultural immersion opportunities. Many are directly linked to the curriculum, but the benefits to pupils go far beyond the purely educational. Physical and mental resources, initiative, leadership and teamwork are put to the ultimate test in a variety of expeditions and exhilarating tours across the globe - from conservation work on the African plains to the geysers and volcanoes of Iceland. Our trips and expeditions teach lifelong social skills, from working as a team, to good time management and the real chance to stretch and test each individual. Our diverse trips and tours cultivate a great spirit of adventure and a love of personal challenge.

Many trips are fixed in each academic year, whilst others will be run on a different cycle, such as overseas sports trips. Some occur during the holidays, for example the geography department trip to Morocco and pre-season sports training.  St John’s also offers an exciting exchange programme for students in the Upper Fifth who want to spend time in schools in Australia. Pupils must apply and be interviewed for placements and this programme has proved very effective in allowing pupils to develop an international understanding - they return profoundly changed and matured by their experience.