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A trip up The Shard

The school recently went on a joint Maths and Construction curriculum visit to The Shard in London. Split over two days, years 7 and 9 went first followed by years 8 and 10 a week later.

Before the trip there had been much talk about the height of the building and who was brave enough to stand near the edge and look down!

The journey was a real adventure as we drove to  the local train station to take an overground train and two tube trains to get to there.

Both staff and students were in awe at the height of the building and everyone was excited as we got into the first lift.  We travelled at 6 metres per second and everyone got out of the lift on the 68th floor amazed we had moved at all.

The Views were outstanding and staff and students could not believe how far they could see. Freya and Mrs Bevis searched for Buckingham Palace and were amazed how many trees surrounded its’ garden. Matthew and Miss Prince sat at the window enjoying their packed lunch looking out across the city, knowing they were having the highest lunch in Western Europe! Brandon found the most important place for a football fan – Wembley Stadium. He was surprised he could see the Stadium’s arch so clearly

When window cleaners came by the windows everyone agreed it wasn’t a job for the faint hearted, there were no volunteers from YPA to help! 

Whilst having their lunch students completed Maths questions – The Shard is a mathematical first in many ways.

The whole experience was brilliant from the journey to the views and we all felt inspired by the wonderful city we are lucky to live in. 

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

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