Ripley Academy students hit the West End

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Students at Ripley Academy enjoyed a cultural trip to London where they saw the sights and watched a top West End show.

A total of 24 students from years ten, 11 and 12, spent three days in the capital visiting Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Knightsbridge and Covent Garden.

They also toured the London Dungeon, went on the London Eye and saw the West End show Wicked.

Helen Fozard, vice principal at The Ripley Academy, led the trip.

She said: “It was a fantastic trip for our students, especially considering that some of them had never been to London before.

“It was all about giving them a new experience and broadening their horizons.

“It was also nice for them to mix with students from different year groups and meet new people.”

Jasmine Roberts, 15, had never been to London before.

She said: “It felt kind of surreal as I’ve only ever seen it on the TV before.

“I think for me the best part was going to see Wicked as I’ve never been to a show before.

“Just the grandeur of the whole building was great and the acting was cool. London was just very different and I would love to go again.”

Estelle Hood, 15, said her favourite part of the trip was the London Dungeon.

She said: “There were actors dressed up and it was all meant to be like the Victorian era, it was really good.

“When I went to London before it was snowing so we didn’t get to go everywhere, this time it was really busy. When we went to Covent Garden there was some kind of zombie parade on and there were hundreds of people dressed up as zombies walking around.

“The trip was a very good experience and I really enjoyed it.”

The London Dungeon and watching Wicked were two of Tamara Hart’s best memories of the trip.

The 15-year-old said: “I loved the dungeon and listening to the stories, I hadn’t heard some of them before.

“It was interesting and interactive, there were lights flashing and they used fog too.

“I also really liked Wicked as I’d not seen a show before and it gave me a different perspective on the story.”

Josh Whysall, 15, said he enjoyed seeing London with his school friends.

He said: “It was just great spending time with people from school. I liked the London Eye and the dungeons.”