We take our role within the local, national and international community very seriously and to help our students to develop their awareness of different countries and cultures, we regularly arrange student visits to other countries and engage in reciprocal visits to help students to develop closer links worldwide. Some of our students apply to study at International Universities after studying in our sixth form and we frequently host students from other EU countries under the EU sponsored scheme. Students have the opportunity to participate in trips both in the UK and abroad, with a variety of trips taking place annually including:
• The History department runs a 4 day trip to the Battlefields of France and Belgium. During the trip students visit key sites in Ypres and Flanders and pay tribute to the fallen past pupils of Rivington and Blackrod High School who are named at the Menin Gate last post ceremony. Students also visit the graves of former pupils who died in the battles of World War 1 and walk the preserved trenches and explore underground tunnels that led to the front lines of the fighting.
• A Sixth Form residential trip which alternates between Krakow, Auschwitch and New York, and an annual CERN trip to Geneva.
• A visit to North West Scotland; The Isle of Arran, Lochranza for our year 12 students. This is a Geography residential field course aimed at developing geographical fieldwork techniques for the skills exam paper and providing real-life case study examples to support studies. During the visit students look at rural settlements, ecosystems, coastal landforms and wind energy.
The school also has a long a long standing exchange programme with a Kunskappskolan school in Enkopping near Stockholm. The programme enables both sets of students to experience a very different style of learning. Kunskappskolen is an almost entirely independent learning opportunity with very few ‘lessons’. Pupils must organise themselves, set themselves goals and reflect on their own practice. It is also an opportunity to experience a different way of life as we visit in January when there is significant snow and so our pupils learn how life can continue under very cold and harsh conditions. The Swedish students visit the UK in June and experience living in a much wetter and cooler summer climate.