The London Research Trip
Each year six students win the opportunity to travel to London and research a topic of their choice for two days in the capital’s libraries, museums and archives. This is an annual competition for S4, S5 and L6. The winners are those students with the best, most imaginative (yet practical) ideas for some academic research. The trip is one of Birkdale’s ‘intellectual curiosity’ initiatives. It’s all about independent learning, choosing the course of your own research, escaping from the limits of the curriculum. Indeed, winners must study a topic separate to their exam syllabuses. It is often a chance for gifted pupils to study something related to their chosen degree course or profession. The London Research Trip generates serious competition each year from students aiming for top university places.