Franklin Sixth Form New York Trip

On the 26th of February, eighteen Sixth Form students and accompanying members of staff arrived at the Academy at 5:30am to set off for a stateside adventure.

The students were eager to explore the city, and with a packed itinerary, it was all go from the moment we landed. Our first stop was a trip on the subway to an NBA Basketball game at the Barclays Centre which was a fantastic experience, followed swiftly by settling into our hotel rooms as we had been up for about twenty-four hours at that point!

The next morning started with breakfast at a tradition American Diner (pancakes and maple syrup was a popular option), to fuel us up ready for a walking tour of Manhattan which included: The Rockefeller Building, Grand Central station and Central Park. We had beautiful weather and took advantage of the sunshine by stopping for lunch in Central Park before heading to the Brooklyn Bridge in the afternoon. That evening we enjoyed a meal at a pizzeria, then headed for the dizzy heights of the Empire State Building taking in the breath-taking night time views of Manhattan.

The following day we set off for the Statue of Liberty and enjoyed seeing the iconic New York skyline from the water on a ferry ride around Ellis Island, before heading to Wall Street and the Financial District. That afternoon we visited the 9/11 memorial at ground zero and spent a few hours going around the museum; this was a very emotive experience for staff and students and provided us with a unique perspective on the events leading up to, and including, the attacks.

Thursday was a bit of a change of pace, and saw us heading out of the city for some retail therapy at the Woodbury Commons designer outlet, then back to Times Square for a group dinner in the evening to celebrate our last night. Friday morning gave a final chance to survey the city from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Centre before heading back to the hotel for packing.

The feedback from students has been fantastic, with many saying it was a trip of a lifetime.