Behaviour of Forfar Academy pupils praised in London

The staff and pupils meet the local constabulary outside Downing Street.
The staff and pupils meet the local constabulary outside Downing Street.

Staff and pupils from Forfar Academy have enjoyed a four day break to the capital - notching up 74,603 steps as they walked their way round the sights and sounds of London.

After many months of planning, 39 senior pupils and four staff, led by Mr Bruce Martin, principal teacher of pupil care and support, travelled by train on September 28 for a theatre and culture break.

On arrival the group visited Covent Garden before spending some time in Leicester Square.

This was followed by ‘Aladdin’ at the Prince Edward Theatre - a lavish show with big production numbers and breath-taking lighting and set design. The group then walked through a buzzing and bustling SoHo en route for the hotel. 

The following day saw staff and pupils step out on Mr Martin’s famous walking tour of London. 

Trafalgar Square was first where they just missed the unveiling of the new fourth plinth, although they were able to view the ‘black thumb’ later in the day.

After a brief shopping stop the group then strolled along Piccadilly, through Green Park and on to Buckingham Palace.

They then headed to Westminster via Birdcage Walk and after lunch on the Southbank it was time for the 4D London Eye Experience followed by a flight on the London Eye.

Mr Martin said: “Our Discovery tour guides commented that both groups were well behaved, polite and the best pupils they had taken on the pods – well done everyone!”

It was then off to Whitehall towards Horse Guards Parade with a quick stop at Downing Street to get a photo with the policeman on guard.  On to Admiralty Arch then back to Trafalgar Square. 

The group then headed to the Cambridge Theatre to watch ‘Matilda’ - a lively end to a fantastic and busy day.

Day three saw the group visit the London Aquarium - a new addition to the popular London trip - with a small group visiting Madame Tussaud’s and everyone else hitting Westfield Shopping Centre at Stratford before heading to the last musical of the trip - ‘Wicked’ at the Apollo Victoria theatre, which had just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Here they were joined by ex-pupil Jennifer Sharp, now managing and co-ordinating the schools education programme at the Museum of London.

A visit to the British Museum completed the London programme before the train journey back to Dundee.

Mr Martin concluded: “Everyone had a superb and action-packed trip. The pupils’ behaviour was excellent at all times and they were a credit to themselves, their families and Forfar Academy.”