London Lectures

Posted at 2:47 pm on 20th March, 2018

Year 11 Psychology students and staff recently visited London as part of their beyond the classroom studies. The trip gives the students opportunities for personal development as well as developing a love of Psychology and encouraging them to continue their studies into the school sixth form.

The trip included visits to a variety of historic London sites, including Camden Market, the South Bank, Whitechapel, Covent Garden and the West End. The National History Museum visit focused on the memory and human body exhibitions. The London Dungeon visit allowed students to ask questions about crimes committed and how they were punished in historical London, plus the Jack the Ripper walking tour visited key sites and provided inside information on the notorious serial killer.

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Students also had the opportunity to get a taster of university life - attending a lecture by a doctor from the Sleep Advisory service plus a phobia workshop where the students took part in a group hypnotherapy session. This demonstrated how workshops support people who suffer with phobias and also enabled a few of our students to face their fears and hold a snake at the end of the session!

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The trip also included a Thames river cruise and a visit to the London Eye seeing the capital city from a different vantage point. Plus a theatre trip to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre and evening meals at Rainsforest Café and Bubba Grump.

The trip enabled the students to spread their wings and build resilience; learning to navigate their way around London using the tube network, with staff support.

Year 11 Zainab Varachia commented: ‘I’m so glad I went to the London trip, everything we did was really fun especially the theatre and the London Dungeon.’

Miss O’Hara, Head of Social Sciences said: ‘The girls had a great time and I was extremely pleased with how they dealt with university level content during the lectures.  I think the London Dungeon was a highlight for everyone – lots of screaming and hiding behind each other!

Our tour guide for the Jack Ripper tour commented on how engaged and enthusiastic our students were; they were keen to ask questions and learn as much as possible about one of the most infamous serial killers. It was lovely to see our students having the opportunity to experience London; they are now experts at navigating the tube system!’

Mrs Schofield, Head of School Improvement said: ‘I was delighted to part take in this school trip. The exhibitions and museums are a must for any Psychology student. The opportunity to explore the diverse cultures and the rich history of our capital city; provides a great learning opportunity. Overall, an amazing experience and I look forward to our next action packed visit!