The HMS Adventure is a sleep-away event, designed to encourage independent reading and writing through adventure. It will take place 6th-7th July 2019 and is open to year 6 pupils and their teachers. 

Five groups will be selected to participate. You can apply with two groups, but there is no guarantee both will be invited to join the event. Each group must attend with their own teacher. We have space for the following:

  • Girls:  x2 groups of ten pupils
  • Boys:  x1 group of ten pupils, and x2 groups of eight pupils


To be eligible to apply for the HMS Adventure:

  • your group must be comprised of solely year 6 pupils
  • your school must be based in the UK, but from outside Greater London
  • your school must have at least 40% pupil premium pupils
  • access to the mess decks is by steep ladder only. Unfortunately, the event is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone unable to ascend/descend a ladder unaided
  • All teachers must have an enhanced DBS check


Due to sleeping arrangements on board the HMS Belfast:

  • groups must be single sex
  • groups must attend with a teacher of the same gender


These terms are non-negotiable. A travel bursary will be available and we hope will cover all costs. Deadline for applications: 4pm on Monday 29th April


If you have any further questions, please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation