Sixth Form student, Alastair, reflects on this invaluable experience:
Over the February half-term break, the History, Politics and Sociology departments embarked on a trip to the USA over the span of six days. Within these six days, the 35 students visited key areas of significance in New York, Philadelphia and finishing in the nation’s capital Washington D.C.
Within New York, a bus tour took place on the Sunday providing as an introduction to the city for students who were unfamiliar. This was followed by an invaluable visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum which was a strikingly powerful experience for students being at the centre of the tragedy that took place in 2001. Other areas of historical importance were also found in New York with trips to Liberty Island, and Ellis Island where many immigrants in the 20th century first landed in the country.
A day trip was taken into Philadelphia, a city with much historical significance where the meetings of key American leaders, such as George Washington, discussing important constitutional matters, including the writing up of the declaration of independence.
Lastly, Washington D. C.’s time was taken up through a particularly cold and snowy walking tour of the main political institutions within the city such the White House and Congress. Overall, the trip provided a priceless experience of the main historical, and significant cultural landmarks of the USA with much being learnt from the experience.