St Ives +

“In St Ives you have everything in one place – educationally  and recreationally; it ticks all the boxes.”

Katie Brent, Beaminster School

In a post-pandemic world St Ives is ideally placed to be part of the nation’s students’ journey back to academic engagement and good mental health.

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Subject & Themes | Why St Ives? | In St Ives | St Ives +

Subject & Themes

St Ives is ideally placed to deliver for key subjects including:

This list is by no means exhaustive. If your focus is different talk to us about how St Ives could work for you.

Famous for its art, heritage, eco-innovation, mining, unique geographical landscapes and sustainability it really is the ultimate school trip destination; visit our itinerary builder to see the huge range of activities on offer.


Why St Ives?

  • It’s safe and budget friendly
  • Everything is within walking distance
  • There is a phenomenal choice of activities and world-famous institutions
  • It’s a low stress place to be when managing a big group
  • It’s easy to meet learning outcomes around independence and self-confidence
  • It delivers mental health benefits above any urban destination and fosters a greater connection to the natural world
  • You’d be working in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • It’s a great base from which to explore Cornwall

In St Ives

An internationally renowned destination for artists St Ives is home to Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden & Museum, St Ives School of Painting, and Leach Pottery, along with over 50 private galleries and artist studios.

Set in a unique position on the North Coast of Cornwall St Ives has 3 coastlines in the town with the breathtaking South West Coast Path running through and accessible in either direction.

Visit the St Ives Archives and St Ives Museum to explore how St Ives went from fishing village in the 1700s to international capital of modern art in the 1960s to the mega-tourist resort it is today. Identify areas of pollution and the effect of tourism on the area; participate in a beach clean, a surf lesson and so much more.

Geevor Tin Mine

St Ives +

St Ives is a great base from which to explore the rest of Cornwall

Using St Ives as a base there are great places to explore in and around Cornwall: From visiting the Eden Project or Bodmin Jail on the way to/from St Ives through to a day at Geevor Tin Mine or participating in a workshop at Goonhilly Earth Station.

St Michael’s Mount, is just a 20 minute journey from us as is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. There is the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, and so many more.

Go to the Plan Your Itinerary section and filter for ‘Activities’ to see everything there is to do as trips out from St Ives.