BDA's Cultural Capital Trips

Tuesday 03 December 2013

Two days, 500 students, 12 destinations, one city.

BDA’s exciting new Cultural Capital initiative saw the whole of years 7, 8 and 9 embark on an unforgettable adventure, exploring the wonders of London last week.

We often take for granted what our amazing city – recently voted the world’s top tourist destination – has to offer, which is why we dedicated two days to showing students a range of its cultural highlights.

With eight coaches picking up 45 students and six teachers each on a pair of beautiful summer days last week, the groups made for their destinations, which included: St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Kew Gardens, Tower of London, British Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Churchill Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, and the Science Museum.

Students were well-equipped with lunches, worksheets and questions for the essay competition, for which twelve winners are still to be chosen for a once in a lifetime visit to the top of Big Ben.

Mr Adcock said: “The prospect of taking 500 students to 12 different destinations over two days was a daunting one, and it’s testament to the dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students that all 24 trips passed without a hitch.

“In my assemblies preceding the trips I emphasised the need for curiosity and maturity and I saw these attributes in abundance last week. I hope our students will be inspired to embark on similar cultural adventures independently over the long summer break.”

Staff were very impressed with the enthusiasm and exceptional behaviour on show throughout the two days. We are sure that the trips achieved our aim of enhancing students’ cultural knowledge as well as their academic prowess.

With such a successful first experience of BDA’s Cultural Capital, we are already looking forward to next year. Many thanks to all involved.