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Year 10 Trip to London

In June 2014, a group of Year 10 History students visited London to learn more about the Crime and Punishment unit, that is an aspect of their programme of study. The journey to London saw the coach driver successfully negotiate the infamous London traffic; the party eventually arrived and was ready to take in the sights!

The first stop was the London Eye. The views revealed a stunning skyline and pupils were in awe of the City and its magnitude.  The next stop was Whitechapel to retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper and his infamous crimes. The guides took the party skilfully around the sites where Jack killed his victims. The unique eerie Whitechapel environment added to the atmosphere as pupils approached the early evening. The party felt that this tour made them think more of the victims and the terrible conditions that they lived in as much as they did of the glamorous serial killer.

As night time crept in, the party headed to the Hard Rock Café for tea: burgers, chips and soft drinks ensured that the hungry pupils were suitably refreshed. The bar manager took requests for songs, which the Moorside party duly responded to, with lots of Manchester bands and 80s power ballads put forward!  The manager then invited pupils to dance and sing the evening away and he didn’t need to ask twice!

The party checked into their hotel against the backdrop of a floodlight Wembley Stadium! What a beautiful setting for a school trip. As the beautiful skyline was adored, the yams from exhausted pupils began and it was evident that long day had finally caught up with them!

The next morning an early morning breakfast prepared them for another bright and sunny day in the capital; they then headed for the River Thames and the London Dudgeon…

The party were taken on a wonderful tour of Crimes and Punishments through the ages. An extremely memorable part of the trip was witnessing: Mr Powell, Mrs Carr and Miss Turton being placed on trial and punished for a variety of crimes. This particular activity brought tears of laughter from the pupils and terror from the tortured teachers.

Finally, as the party made their way back to Manchester a number of students commented that this had been ‘the best trip that they had ever been on!’ Mr Powell stated that: ‘Yet again our fantastic students were magnificent ambassadors for our school, their parents and for Salford’.

Well done Year 10!