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Beyond the Classroom

Broadening horizons

There are many opportunities for our sixth form pupils to venture further afield, whether to enhance their academic studies, take part in a sports tour, perform with a music group or undertake charitable work.

The Malawi project has been running for 27 years, first at Leeds Girls’ High School and now at GSAL. Through fundraising and donations in kind, the project has helped communities in Malawi by creating and maintaining schools, orphanages and medical centres.  Every other year sixth form students visit the country to improve their understanding of Malawi and provide practical assistance to the causes they support.

Students of modern languages have the opportunity to enhance their linguistic skills and experience another culture with trips and exchanges to France, Germany and Spain. Geographers and biologists get out and about to undertake fieldwork in destinations ranging from the Swiss Alps to the Yorkshire coast, while a trip to Washington DC is an established fixture for students of government and politics.

Members of our senior sports teams are accustomed to travel, with successful track records in many national competitions. They also enjoy competing further afield, and have enjoyed overseas tours to destinations including Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Portugal.

Lovers of the great outdoors have the opportunity to explore with scouts, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and on treks; whether it’s Helvellyn or the Himalayas the students take on a significant personal challenge and gain a great sense of achievement and camaraderie along the way.

“Pupils gain experience of the wider community by participating in the many academic and sports trips which take pupils all around the world.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011

Emma, Malawi tour participant

“Thank you so much for this inspiring, life-changing experience; it has been completely eye-opening to see the Malawian culture and how our fundraising really does go a long way.”

Joey, Washington tour participant

“Whilst visiting Washington I got a genuine insight into American politics and it brought to life exactly what I’d been studying.”



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