A four day visit to York is the first experience the boys will have of a residential trip whilst they are at Solefield School. Accommodation is at the Racecourse Centre, where the staff there are accustomed to catering for schools.
During the trip, the boys will visit York Minster as well as experience life as both Roman Soldier and World War II evacuee at Murton Park. A day is spent in the Victorian open-air museum at Beamish, where the boys will experience first hand what life was like for Victorians including an hour-long lesson in a Victorian schoolroom! Other activities include ten pin bowling and a visit to Mepal Outdoor Adventure Centre.
Year 6 spend their residential educational visit in June in the Pas de Calais. We travel by coach via the Eurotunnel and stay at the les Sables D'or hotel in Stella Plage, Le Touquet where the children are accommodated 2, 3 or 4 to a room. Breakfast and packed lunches are provided by the hotel and we have our evening meal in a local restaurant, which provides a very authentic experience! A full and varied programme of events is undertaken and includes the following, amongst other activities:
Visits to La Coupole rocket museum (complementing their studies in History this year), to a chocolaterie, to a bakery (where they make croissants and pains au chocolat), to Nausicaa aquarium, to Aqualud indoor waterpark, they go ten pin bowling, for a day at a theme park (Bagatelle), they visit Boulogne and Le Touquet including the markets, have time at the beach (sand castles, mini cricket and football), and enjoy food tasting! This trip offers a mixture of French language, cultural and fun activities and is really enjoyed by all.
At the beginning of the summer term in Year 7 the boys go to Snowdonia, North Wales for a six-day field trip combining Geography, Science and History. The visit offers the opportunity to study topics in the field, rather than just from a book. Accommodation is provided at the Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel, near Beddgelert. The boys the carry out practical field-work, including a river study, which provides the basis for their Common Entrance Geography Project and a coastal profile, as well as using sampling techniques to estimate the populations of rock-pool organisms. They take a ride through the foothills of Snowdon on the Welsh Highland Railway network and visit Dinorwig power station, a Welsh Slate Mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.
In Year 8, following the Common Entrance exams, the boys leave for a week of fun and high-octane adventure in Poole. This gives the boys a chance to relax, have fun and enjoy the company of their fellow Year 8 pupils before they leave to go on to their different senior schools.