Damp weather did nothing to dampen spirits of a 40 strong contingent of Year 8, who on this Academy Day set forth to explore historic Greenwich.

Students had the opportunity to see a number of the significant sites in Greenwich as well as a little freedom to do some exploring of their own. From a quick look at the Cutty Sark (the famed Tea Clipper that was renowned for the speed with which it completed voyages to China), to explorations of Greenwich Market and the Royal Park, home of the meridian line of longitude.

Alongside all of this, students were able to explore the National Maritime Museum and the compelling content of several of the galleries within. Students saw exhibitions on the Atlantic slave trade, which will put them in good stead for their forthcoming studies in History on the legacy of empire.

They also had opportunities to discover the history of the Battle of Trafalgar and see the development of trade and exploration under Tudor and Stuart monarchs, equipping them well for GCSE History.

With the weather clearing by the time we settled for lunch and a local sweetshop having done some roaring trade, it was nice to have the opportunity for some friendly competition in the park. A couple of fiercely competitive games of ‘It’ and ‘Stuck in the Mud’ and a rather exciting race adeptly won by Adi Milewicz (most of it with one shoe, no less!) saw us end our day before returning to school.

Overall, a really enjoyable day for both staff and students.

A Boundy