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A number of trips of varying scale are organised within and beyond the academic curriculum each year. From an academic perspective, a site visit or field trip can be an essential element of any course and the sort of trips that your children might be able to access include:


  • Skipton Castle (History)
  • Malham Cove (Geography)
  • Cranedale (A level Biology)
  • A Prison (A level Psychology)
  • Regular Theatre Trips (English, Theatre Studies)



In addition to these ‘routine’ trips, your child will have the opportunity to be involved in residential trips and expeditions. This includes a more or less annual Ski Trip that can be accessed by pupils from across the senior school alongside the recent Barcelona and Iceland Trips. Other trips and expeditions include:


  • The Nepal Expedition: this is an annual / two yearly expedition to Nepal where pupils in Years 10-12 have the opportunity to spend five days trekking in the Himalayas which includes watching the sun rise over the fifth and ninth highest mountains in the world and take part in white water rafting and Jeep, Elephant and Boat safaris within the Chitwan National Park. They also spend just under a week planning and teaching lessons in a Nepalese School. Whilst we visit the Peace Garden and Noble Schools, Rishworth has a special link with Bungamati School and regularly raises funds to help continue the building and redevelopment of that educational establishment.


  • Sports Tours: follow a three year cycle and give our senior players the opportunity to tour internationally. Recent tours have included, Canada, the USA and Sri Lanka.


With a break of some one hour and twenty minutes between morning and afternoon lessons, the structure of the day facilitates the proper, extended pursuit of non-academic clubs and activities. Some of these (such as music, art, drama and sport) have been thriving for decades; some are newer, but now also well established; others emerge to reflect the particular interests of pupils at a given time.


Typically, some thirty to forty different clubs and activities from “Project Green” Gardening Club, Science Communications, Debating and Paired Reading to Film Club and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are on offer in any given academic year. The whole school, which includes both pupils and staff, is encouraged to take an active part in this wider curriculum, which is regarded as a key ingredient to each student’s personal development. The aim is to build self-confidence through the acquisition of expertise by ensuring that pupils make the most of their strengths and interests. We try to help every pupil find some activity at which he or she can excel.