Country kids on city streets

Pupils and staff outside 10 Downing Street
Pupils and staff outside 10 Downing Street
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KIDS from Goathland School swapped the clean air of the North York Moors for the busy streets of the Big Smoke during a recent visit to London.

On Wednesday 18th May the pupils embarked on a marathon field trip, setting off in the early hours and travelling by train to the nation’s capital.

Pupils trying to follow Harry Potter through the wall onto platform 9 and 3/4

Pupils trying to follow Harry Potter through the wall onto platform 9 and 3/4

Upon arrival a double-decker bus took them to the British Museum, and after having studied Ancient Egypt they were able to take a closer look at the artifacts they had heard so much about.

“My favourite was the Rosetta Stone”, said Charlie Bell, while Aron Calvert preferred “the big statue of Rameses II”.

The party then moved on to the National Portrait Gallery, stopping to gaze at famous Tudor faces, before stepping out in Trafalgar Square and seeing performance artists and lion statues.

A stroll down The Mall followed, bringing the pupils in sight of Buckingham Palace and the balcony where William and Catherine had kissed.

Goathland staff and pupils outside Buckingham Palace

Goathland staff and pupils outside Buckingham Palace

They then strolled through St James’ Park to Downing Street, where they were able to pass through the gates and have their pictures taken on the steps of Number 10.

Teacher Mrs Haynes said: “This is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The day was completed by a quick visit to Harry Potter’s platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station before the long journey back to Goathland.