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A group of students on paddle boards, showcasing resilience, self-management, and care for themselves and the world

Expeditions at NIST empower students to realise they are more than they think.

The Expeditions element of our NIST Learning Programme offers structured and developmentally appropriate opportunities to engage in outdoor education-based activities. 

In the mid 20th century, educational philosopher Kurt Hahn declared to his pupils “Plus est en vous” (“There is more in you than you think”). The way that Hahn, and numerous other outdoor educators, suggested we access, explore and understand ourselves more deeply was through engaging in challenging experiences outside of our normal, often comfortable, daily routines. Expeditions at NIST offer a unique opportunity for students to understand that they are capable of more than they think, and develop resilience, self management and care for themselves and the world.

Our Expeditions programme starts with our youngest students and challenges them with a self-contained overnight experience with their classmates on the school campus. With each successive year, these expeditions increase in remoteness, duration and skill level until our NIST students are planning and undertaking their own expeditions. We align our more advanced expedition programme with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme.

At all levels, teachers play a significant role in our Expeditions programme. Our influence as educators is felt both inside and outside the classroom and students gain a tremendous amount from sharing their experiences with their teachers. There are many opportunities for interested teachers to be involved in the International Award trips and other optional expeditions with students. 

NIST Learning Programme Swirl-Expeditions
Year 6 Trip
Year 7 Action Week
Year 8 Action Week
International Award Gold Practice Trip
Expeditionary Learning - Standup Paddleboard
Expeditionary learning - Trekking


Designed for students from 3 to 11 years old (NIST Years 1 to 6), the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a research-based framework that adopts a holistic approach to early childhood education through three key pillars


For our older students, NIST offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, as well as the Global Citizen Diploma and International Award.

Academic Performance

Each year our students excel in IB exams, posting scores well above the global average.