On the 1st February 2012, fourteen Year 12 students and four Year 13 students went on a History trip to London with Mrs McDonnell and Miss Newton. For all of the students it was their first visit to the Capital.
The day started very early at 05:45 with a 2 hour train journey from Lime Street to London. Students visited many of the famous sights, such as Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the Imperial War Museum and the Houses of Parliament. At the Imperial War Musuem the group viewed a very moving exhibition on the Holocaust as well as various displays on both World Wars which linked with A Level studies. At the Houses of Parliament the group were met by Stephen Twigg MP for West Derby, and Shadow Secretary of State for education. He took them to the public viewing gallery in the House of Commons to watch a parliamentary debate on welfare reform. Here the group saw many of the top MPs including the Prime Minister David Cameron! This was the highlight of the trip for many of the students and something that they would not have experienced if they had visited London on their own.
Later in the day, the group went on a river cruise of the Thames where they took in many of the capital’s famous sights and they also had a trip on the London Eye in a private pod with a guide. This took about 40 minutes and gave them the opportunity to view London from a unique perspective.
To sum up, the trip was an inspirational experience for all of the students, one which they will never forget and which will support them greatly in their AS and A2 studies.
Some feedback from the students:
“The History trip to London was exciting, cold, but very worthwhile!”
“London was a very enjoyable and interesting experience.”
“It was a brilliant experience and I would love to go again!”
“The entire day was considerably long and involved lots of walking, but because of the sights we saw and opportunities we got, it was well worth it!”