Outside the classroom

Adventures outside the classroom are in plentiful supply.

From work placements with world-leading employers in Cambridge, to overseas departmental trips to enhance learning and subject, Sixth Form life at St Mary's is full of opportunities for students to broaden their horizons.


Adventures include a Classics trip to Rome; cultural trips to Costa Rica, Amsterdam, Iceland and Edinburgh; plus experiences that support our Christian ethos, such as our annual trip to Lourdes.

"Each year, we organise a cultural trip, such as our Iceland trip. Iceland provides a host of opportunities to experience and learn about a variety of geographical wonders, from the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa and climbing one of Iceland’s largest glaciers to visiting the black sand beach at Reynishverfi and the Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Gullfoss waterfalls."

Duke of Edinburgh

Many of our students complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, an internationally recognised award established for over 50 years. This challenging Award aims to develop a sense of independence, self-belief and responsibility. Students who complete this Award volunteer, learn, and join three or four day camping and hiking expeditions and gain valuable leadership and team work skills.

On the blog

Our Iceland experience