During half-term, students and staff from both the Marches School in Oswestry and Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch headed to New York for a breath-taking cross-trust trip.

The students ‘crossed the pond’ on their week-long trip and visited a variety of places including Times Square, the World Trade Centre memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It was completely worthwhile for the students as they witnessed first-hand the locations of much of their topics of study, whilst being able to listen to an NYPD Officer’s memories of 9/11 at the World Trade Centre Memorial, which was a very poignant and sobering talk.

The visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island allowed students to gather a knowledge of the history of the country, which is highly beneficial to them and their studies.

Mrs. Alison Pearson, Associate Headteacher of the Marches School, commented: “The trip was a hugely beneficial educational trip for the students and it allowed them to gather first-hand knowledge for their studies. We here at the Marches Academy Trust pride ourselves on giving the students the opportunity to attend trips in local, national and international locations, to allow all students the opportunity to attend”.

Mr. David O’Toole, Headteacher of Sir John Talbot’s School, added: “This was a fantastic trip and it was wonderful to combine with the Marches School to take the students on a cross-trust trip. It took the students out of their comfort zone and educated them in the history of one of the most recognisable places in the world”.