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Back on it with circuit training


It's rather hot here so time for a pit stop ice lolly


Alby is mastering freestyle football


Hockey time- dribbling and shooting skills


After hockey we have Drumba! Dancing and drumming together- this will be coming to HA I promise you!


Year 4s turn at some freestyle


Enjoying a huge variety of sports in one day. See if you spot the Sherif of St. Albans!!


Team Jamaica posing with a world champ and his gold medal. Huge opportunity to learn how values of determination, resilience, courage and belief create the best version of yourself.


Learning how to tag- the world champ is quite fast on his legs!


Team Elmer have been learning some skills with


Learning karate with an ex world campion Jordan Thomas


Here we are getting ready to go!


This morning we have had a special assembly with who has showed us his incredible freestyle football tricks. He challenged some children to perform some of his tricks and then he set Mr Leung and Mr Gandhi to a head-to-head competition!


Thank you to these two officers for coming in and speaking to our Y6’s about staying safe online - very informative and necessary.


Getting ready to start at the World Games event! We are representing Jamaica!!


Team Dahl had a brilliant time with their cheerleading yesterday!#Cheerleading


Harpenden Academy were so lucky to be visited by the sensational Ash Randell (holder of multiple world records!) today to cap off a truly superb sports week!#PE


Cheerleading went down a treat for Team Shakespeare!


Year 3 having a ball at cheerleading!


Ladybirds had a super first sports day yesterday. Our favourite event was the egg and spoon. If it were an Olympic sport, Ladybirds would all be getting gold🥇


We even managed some stunts!


We’ve got the moves! Elmer class are enjoying cheerleading today.


Learning some new moves!


Elmer Class are warming up ready for their cheerleading session.


Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed sports day yesterday. Well done Amber team for winning.


School trips are a wonderful way for children to learn outside of the classroom and experience new things. They provide an opportunity for children to explore and broaden their horizons, as well as learn in a unique and educational context. By taking children out of their usual surroundings, school trips help bring subjects to life, making learning more engaging and enjoyable. This can increase motivation and boost self-confidence, as children are able to see their learning in action and apply it to real-life situations.

In addition to the academic benefits, school trips also provide a chance for children to socialise with their peers in a different way than within day-to-day school. This can help them to form new friendships and develop social skills that will be useful throughout their lives. School trips also provide an opportunity for our children to visit places they may not otherwise experience, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not have the resources to travel.

At Harpenden Academy, we recognise the importance of school trips and workshops. We aim to run trips on a regular basis, making the most of our local surroundings taking advantage of educational opportunities. We also host workshops and performances, bringing in local theatre groups and exploring a range of exciting topics. Our two residential trips for Year 5 and Year 6 provide further opportunities for adventure and exploration, with activities ranging from sailing and kayaking to archery and high ropes.

Overall, school trips are an important and exciting aspect of the educational experience, providing students with a unique opportunity to learn, explore, and grow.

We are excited to share with you a list of possible trips and visits for the upcoming academic year based on what we did last year. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and this year there may be additions or changes based on classroom topics and teacher plans throughout the year. However, we hope that this initial list will give you an idea of the types of opportunities and associated costs your child may have in the coming year.


  Whole School Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn Term

M&M Theatre Group 

Christmas Film at Odyssey Cinema 

Hearts & Minds Walk 

Pumpkin Farm 


World War 2 Workshop 

Lydekker Park 



London Transport Museum 

Residential Fellowship Afloat 

Dickens & Foundling Museum 

Peace Day, Methodist Church 

Crucial Crew 

Spring Term


Hands on Science 

Nee Naw Parties - Emergency Services trip 

Harpenden Library 

The Great Fire of London

History Workshop


Verulamium Museum 

Harpenden High Street 

St Albans' Cathedral 

Vikings workshop


IWM Duxford 

Summer Term

Woodhall Estate 

Hand on Science 

Seaside Workshop Kew Gardens 


Bletchley Park 

KS1 Music Festival 


The Globe Theatre 

Forces workshop

River Lea 

Pedestrian Skills

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Luton

Ancient Greece workshop

Norfolk Lakes Residential 

Rothamsted Young Chefs

Scholars' Education Trust Trips Terms and Conditions

Our Parental Support Services page lists foundations offering financial support to families in Harpenden.

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