On Tuesday 16th of July, the Performing Arts Team took a group of thirty students to London to provide them the experience of watching a couple of musicals in the West End. After a smooth journey to the capital, the students were given time to explore, shop and eat at Covent Garden. We watched a number of street entertainment acts. From there, we walked through Leicester Square to the Rainforest Café for a sit-down mean in what felt like a real jungle, with animal noises all around us, and pretend thunderstorms. We walked on to the Cambridge Theatre to watch ‘Matilda’ the musical. Our students were blown away by how fantastic the girl who played Matilda was, considering she was so small. After the musical, we headed back to the hotel and students went straight to sleep.

The next day, we ate breakfast together in the hotel, and headed out for a guided tour of London on the coach, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. We stopped for lunch at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. The weather was incredibly hot. Finally, we headed to the London Lyceum Theatre to watch The Lion King. The opening scene in particular was incredible.

Our students received an unforgettable experience over the two days. The tour guide and the coach driver congratulated them for being the best school they have ever had the privilege of travelling with them. Their behaviour and attitude was brilliant, and they represented Winsford Academy in a hugely positive light, without any exception.

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