Ruislip High School believes strongly in broadening students’ experience by offering a range of trips and activities outside of the classroom. These experiences are an opportunity to extend the learning of students, improve their cultural capital and develop their understanding of themselves, others and the world around them. Trips can be a catalyst to spark a life-long interest in areas such as outdoor pursuits, history, travel and geography, among many others. The development of interpersonal skills such as leadership, team work, trust and respect are also a benefit of participation; these are essential skills for a successful personal and professional life for the future.

There are a variety of trips offered to students in all year groups throughout students’ school careers as well as during the school’s annual activities week in July; these are linked to curriculum areas, the creative arts and sport. Residential trips in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany are offered which support and bring to life the curriculum in geography, history and modern foreign languages.

The pastoral team offers bi-annual reward trips which are a perfect opportunity to celebrate achievements and allow students to socialise together; past trips have included a visit to the local cinema and Thorpe Park. Year 7 also have the chance to celebrate the end of their first year in Ruislip High School on Disneyland Paris trip with their head of year and tutor team following the inaugural trip in July 2019.

Sixth form students are given the opportunity to visit New York and Washington in either Year 12 or 13, and geography and science students will be offered the chance to go to Iceland in 2020.

A high number of students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Years 9, 10, 12 and 13 completing volunteering, physical activities and expeditions in many locations in the UK which develop many skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and new interests. This award is highly valued by employers and universities.