19 March 2014

Image of Students at The Sixth Form College return from trip to Unesco World Heritage site in Spain

A group of our A-Level students have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Unesco World Heritage site, Salamanca in Spain. Described as the “Oxford of Spain,” Salamanca is known for its prestigious University and beautiful Architecture.

Read a review of the trip by Head of English, Jon Thorpe who accompanied the students:
“Salamanca: World Unesco site, fourth oldest seat of learning in Europe, and temporary home to our students of Spanish.  We arrived in the dark but were warmly welcomed by our mamás españolas.
The city is a living museum of medieval splendour, centring on the Plaza Mayor – the heart of the town in which locals enjoy tostadas and naranja outside, even in Winter.
Each day, following Mama’s hearty desayuno, began in the classroom.  A few hours of conversación, lots of breaks – the Spanish way – and then cultural activities.  We climbed the tower of the catedral and were deafened by the 6 o’clock campanadas, ringing a few inches from our ears; saw the names of old scholars written in bull’s blood on college walls; pitied the stoned martyrs depicted on friezes; searched for frogs and astronauts on the ancient naves; learned to prepare tapas; and dipped churros in cups of chocolate.
Without doubt, however, the experience that branded itself on the collective mind was the farewell visit to the nightclub Camelot, where visiting Italian students danced to ‘Blurred Lines’ with an abandon that reminded us how English we are!
Salamanca – İ volveremos !”


Our students found the trip added lots of educational value such as, AS student Sophie Lauro, who commented, “The trip has improved my confidence with speaking and understanding.” And Kelsie Pleavin who added, “I feel more comfortable speaking Spanish, as the speaking practise in the school made me feel more confident. My favourite part of the trip was looking around the cathedral and learning about the culture.”

The Sixth Form College organises dozens of overseas and UK-wide educational trips each year, reinforcing the classroom teaching and giving students the opportunity to expand their horizons.

If you are interested in studying Modern Foreign Language at The Sixth form College, find the course information here.

Check out images from the trip and see more student comments below:

Spanish - Trip to Salamanca 2014

AS Student, Elizabeth Pennington, “I did enjoy the trip. I enjoyed the culture and meeting new people. The school was wonderful, as were the teachers.”


AS Student, Jack Spencer, “I really enjoyed the experience and the freedom that we were given. It has helped me learn new phrases and immerse myself in the language.”


AS Student, Chloe O’Loughlin, “The people at the school were lovely and welcoming. It was a really nice place and I liked going on the tours. The lessons helped me to be more confident in speaking.”


AS Student, Phoebe Harrison, “I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed walking around the city and learning the history.”


A2 Student, Michael Williams, “At first, I wanted to go home but at the end I was devastated to leave! My speaking skills have become more fluent and I was able to hold a conversation with native speakers.”


A2 Student, Georgia Larsen, “My highlights were the lessons in the school, getting to see Salamanca and living with a Spanish family!”


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