Leeds West Academy

Leeds West in the West End

London

Leeds West Academy have experienced shows, museums and the bright lights of the city in London this week.

Beginning with a red-eye departure from the Academy on Tuesday morning, Year 8 had the opportunity to voyage on the London Eye River Cruise. They then took in the London Eye 4D experience, enjoyed a coach tour around famous landmarks and explored the Science Museum.

Foundation School Leader Mr Bulloch said: "There is much to be said about the lengths which staff will go to, in order to provide our students with enriching experiences. A big thank-you to all who made the trip possible, such as our caretakers who opened the building at 5:30am, including the bus drivers who also made the trip so much fun. All the students would also like to extend compliments to Mrs Capstick for her outstanding chocolate spread sandwiches."

Meanwhile Year 9 and Year 10 Performing Arts students stayed overnight in Covent Garden and enjoyed a glittering West End experience, taking in the award-winning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a matinee performance of Wicked at the world famous Apollo Theatre.

Georgia in Year 10 said: "It was amazing, especially the effects which included a flying glass elevator. I think our favourites were the Oompa Lumpas who were just brilliant. It's given us ideas for our next show!"

Ms Cant, Head of Performing Arts, added: "It's always a privilege to inspire our future performers with shows of West End quality. From the music, to the drama and incredible on-stage technology, productions such as these provide students with an idea of what can be achieved through performing arts and, most importantly, the exciting a diverse career paths which are available to them at LWA."

Mr Hinchliffe said: "As ever we thank our staff who coordinated these trips, providing students with experiences they will never forget. Most importantly I would also like to thank our students for the exemplary manner in which they conduct themselves with the public; their behaviour and manners is a key factor in driving forward the Leeds West Way ethos. This is an excellent start to the summer and a fitting reward for all the effort and progress made throughout the academic year."