The Aquinas Experience

Year 7 Experience – Birmingham University

Year 7 will visit the University of Birmingham to see what the life of a higher education student is like. After travelling to the university's very own train station from Kings Norton, the students will take part in a range of activities and experiences including: a campus tour; a sporting activity in the £55 million sports hall; an aspirational talk about the benefits of going to university; a visit to the students halls to see the magnificent accommodation at the Vale and even some taster lectures on a couple of the 300 choices of degree that this fine red brick university offer all on the school's doorstep. This is a timely visit towards the end of Year 7 for the students at the start of their secondary school journey looking towards the dream of studying for a degree and a choice of career in the future, which has no limits.

Approx price £3.85pp



Year 8 Experience – Clent Hills

Students will visit The Clent Hills located in the picturesque landscape of north Worcestershire. They will accomplish a three hour guided walk conquering some of the summits of the Clent Hills, whilst taking in the local history, wildlife and physical features offered by our guide. As part of the day, the students will be able to enjoy the fantastic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and on a clear day even the Welsh borders. This will expose students to different landscapes; there is more than just the city! To allow our students to appreciate the rural areas that are within close proximity to Birmingham and the value they have to offer. To complete a walk that may be challenging to some, where at times resilience will be required.   

Approx price £14.50pp



Year 9 Experience – Theatre Visit to Stratford Upon Avon

Next March we are taking the whole of Year 9 to see the brand new musical, ‘The Boy In The Dress’ which is based on the novel of the same name written by David Walliams. 

The music for the musical is by Robbie Williams and the production is running at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, a beautiful, prestigious theatre. 

We are lucky to have secured tickets for the show and know that our students will be some of the first people in the country, if not the world, to see it. 

Approx price £22pp 


Year 10 Experience – London

Students in year 10 will explore a place of worship. The place of worship links to their Religious Education studies, so students will visit one of the largest synagogues in London. Their time in London will be rotated between Central United Synagogue and The Jewish Museum; students will complete workshops and study artefacts surrounding Judaism throughout history, including the Holocaust and the vital role that faith played in the story of survivors.

Approx price £24pp



Year 11 Experience - Upton Warren Outdoor Challenge

Lead in small teams by expert instructors, students select from a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, sailing, archery, climbing, 3G swing, bridges, low ropes, high ropes, orienteering, tunnels, raft building, crate stack and bush-craft.  Each challenge develops a different aspect of resilience and resourcefulness.  Students learn to challenge themselves and trust their expert instructor and peers to become increasingly resilient.  They will have to be organised, calm and resourceful to problem solve in each challenge.  The day reinforces the importance of mental agility, good humour and physical stamina in taking good care of themselves during their preparations for external GCSE’s.  

Approx price £21pp



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