Past School Trips


School Trips September 2023 – August 2024

At the heart of what DTSA is about is exploring the best education for all children in all schools.  After an initial survey with local schools, DTSA found that most school trips are still not going ahead due to funding restrictions and parents being unable to fill that funding gap.

Who have we worked with?

To avoid a generation of pupils being unable to partake in these very valuable educational school trips, DTSA are funding trips to the following schools and location with the impact being stated as per each individual application:

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Markeaton Primary School

We funded places for 15 Pupil Premium children to attend a school trip.

“The educational impact of children attending is huge. Not only does it provide the children with opportunities to take part in outdoor activities and build long lasting relationships/memories with their peers, it allows them to say goodbye to the school and all it has given them in a holistic and exciting way. Due to the cost-of-living crisis, and despite school using Pupil Premium money to support with costs, we are finding that a growing number of parents/carers are still unable to afford the trip. We have subsidised the trip as much as we possibly can, given the financial resources at our disposal, but it is still proving too expensive [for some].”

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Parkview Primary School

We funded a place for a child to attend a school trip who would otherwise have been the only child not able to go.

“We are in an affluent area with very little Pupil Premium funding… and I believe this will have a negative impact on the child… The trip supports the OAA part of the PE curriculum, where they have shown great determination, enthusiasm and is a natural leader who has the ability to encourage and support others.  There will be a number of activities over the trip that will enable them to learn new skills, develop their confidence and enhance positive relationships with their peers.”


Becket Primary School

We funded a class trip to the Magna Science Adventure Centre, for all 30 students within the class.

“This visit would benefit the pupils in that they would have the opportunity to explore how forces work. They would be exposed to fundamental elements such as air, water and fire and have the chance to engage in a range of activities that demonstrate the power of these forces. This would link in with their science topics and enable them to gain a better understanding of how natural forces work. There is also a huge play area that links in with the elements. It is a real hands on experience that cannot be replicated in the classroom.”

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Parkview Primary School

We funded a class trip for 28 students to the Holocaust Museum.

“This is an immersive experience for the children, where they will spend the day in the life of German/Jewish child during WW2. As well as being a significant part of the history curriculum, it also reflects on PHSE ideas regarding being different and being accepted in a new society. As there is a large focus on current world affairs and the conflicts in the Middle East, it is important for everyone to be mindful and understanding of cultural and religious differences.”


Lees Brook Academy

We funded a class trip for 30 Year 10 students to Oxford University as part of an Inspiration Day.

The visit focuses on raising aspirations towards higher education, explaining the differences between school and university. The experience will also look at the ways in which Oxford University is different to other universities, explaining the tutorial and collegiate systems. In addition to the seminar, students will be able to tour St Edmund Hall and will have a museum handling session at the Museum of Natural History. The group of students includes those students who are disadvantaged and are identified as being in different vulnerable groups.

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Meadow Farm Community Primary School

We funded a class trip for 22 Year 6 students to visit Derby Gaol for a crime and punishment experience day with forensics-based activities.

“The current Year 6 topic is crime and punishment throughout time. This trip will cover all periods that children are learning about – Romans, Saxons, Tudors, Victorians. As these periods have been covered throughout the children’s time in primary school, this trip enhances their current year 6 topic but also works as a recap to all the other learning they have done over the last 6 years. There is also an additional forensic activity which focuses on modern crime/punishment. Therefore this activity could also provide children with an insight into potential careers for the future. We want our pupils to learn about these periods of time in context where possible within their community of Derby City. We have therefore booked for an expert “historian” to lead the day so we get the best out of our experience. We will also be getting public transport to the location which will support the class in becoming more independent, making them ready for the transition to secondary school.

This class has a significant number of mobile pupils. There are 13 Pupil Premium pupils and 8 of these are mobile having joined us within key stage two – 5 of them later than year 5. The number of Pupil Premium children means that we have to be careful with planning school visits which has meant that we have had to limit our external visits. “

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Springfield Primary School

We funded a trip for 90 students to visit Cadbury’s World to learn more about the rainforest.

“We will be inspiring our children with a trip to Cadbury’s world to support the learning in our topic this term – ‘Rainforests – How do we preserve them?’. During our trip to Cadbury’s World, children will be immersed into what rainforest life is like, enhancing their knowledge for their topic.

The children will be completing a workshop on the day which explores the Ancient history of Maya, a civilisation that the children will be exploring during their history lessons in school. Cadbury’s World will help us bring our topic to life with their educational talk. The children will be introduced to the great city of Chichen Itza, during their visit, and discover the Mayan myths and legends that claimed how humans were created. This will be followed by a tour of Cadbury’s world giving the children a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the nation’s favourite chocolate brand, not forgetting learning all about where chocolate comes from – the cocoa bean – one of the Maya’s valuable possessions from the rainforest!”

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John of Rolleston Primary School

We funded a trip for 40 students to visit Marston Farm.

“Throughout the day we will cover learning across the Y1 curriculum, including Geography, PSHE and Science. As well as observing the lambing season firsthand and discovering the importance of farming to all of our lives. We are really excited to work with the farmers to create a bespoke learning experience for our children and develop community links with the farm.

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Whitecross Nursery School

We funded a trip for 79 students to visit Conkers.

“We have a group of children who have recently come to the country from Hong Kong, various African states and Poland along with several children who qualify for EYPP. We would love to give them a trip to Conkers which would give them an opportunity to experience travelling on a bus with their friends, investigating mother nature through learning about trees and flowers. It will also take them out of the locality they live in and see beyond it. But most importantly of all, give them a day full of fun and laughter to cherish.

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The Bemrose School

We funded a trip for 60 students to Magna Science Adventure Centre.

“There are strong links between what the children do at Magna and our science topic on solids, liquids and gases:

  • taught workshop where children learn to make an “emulsion” paint, find out about explosive liquids and categorise different materials
  • water and air zones where children take part in experiments/activities that bring to life moving and changing solids, liquids and gases.

And our Year 4 geography topic on Extreme Earth:

  • fire zone where children learn about the uses of heat from the earth’s core
  • steel making show where children learn about mining and transformation of materials
  • air zone where children can see (and create) their own twister/typhoons
  • earth zone where children learn about the layers of the earth and how fault lines form”

Other Charitable Activities

Learn about more of DTSA’s charitable activities and the work being delivered in schools by going to by following the links to these pages:

➡️ News and Updates page

➡️ Enthuse Projects

➡️ SEND Training

Springfield Primary funded school trip

School Trips September 2024 – August 2025



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