History & Politics Trip to New York & Washington DC

During the October holiday, 45 students from Year 9 to Year 13 will be travelling to New York and Washington DC on a History and Politics trip, along with 5 members of school staff and Mr Lax, Head of Key Stage 4 and Assistant Head, who will be leading the trip. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience New York, the most populous city in the United States and the cultural, financial & media capital of the world, and Washington DC, the capital city and political centre of the United States.

The focus of the 6-night trip is the history of immigration, civil rights and the political system of the United States, as well as being an amazing cultural experience for students. Students fly out of Heathrow on Friday, 25th October, and they will spend the first 3-days of their visit in New York.


Liberty Island                                              Ellis Island, Credit: The New York Public Library

There are a variety of excursions and activities arranged for students, including learning about early settlers’ immigration stories at Ellis Island and hearing about the surprising history of the Statue of Liberty, with a trip to Liberty Island. Students can then relax with a visit to the Rockefeller Centre, before a trip to the 9/11 Museum, which will give them an insight into the tragic events of September 11th 2001. Then they will meet a civil rights veteran, before going on a historic Harlem walking tour.


US Capitol Building                                     Lincoln Memorial

After moving on to Washington DC, students will visit some of Washington’s grand buildings and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, built in memory of the assassinated 16th President, and the impressive US Capitol Building, home of the United States Congress. Students will also visit the Holocaust Museum, a reminder of one of history’s most important events and one of its greatest tragedies, and the American History Museum, rounding off their impressive trip with an opportunity to see more than 3-million objects that tell the American story.

The school would like to wish all the students and staff a safe journey and a great trip. We will look forward to welcoming them back and hearing about all their ‘State-side’ adventures. Watch this space for pictures!