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The Hayesbrook School

Year 7 trip to the Olympic Park, London: Report

Thursday 30th June 2016 saw 42 Year 7 pupils and 3 staff travel up to the Olympic Park at Stratford in London to study the impact of tourism on the area.

The Olympic Park has been a location that has been visited regularly by the school in recent years during the construction and during the games themselves. This is the first time however, that a group have been able to visit since the Olympic Games ended in 2012. Pupils on this visit investigated the impact of tourism on the park and specifically focused on how much the park has developed into an environment that is sustainable. Included in the cost of the trip was entry to the Orbit which offers panoramic views of the park and also the city of London. Pupils completed field sketches whilst at the top of the orbit and took photographs of the key features including the Olympic Stadium which will be used by West Ham football club next season.

The pupils just about managed to fit in an ice cream and some group photographs before heading back to school the same afternoon.   

Assistant Principal Mr Reader said: "Some of the pupils commented that they hadn’t visited the Olympic site before. Having been lucky enough to experience some of the events myself during the summer of 2012 it really is essential that our pupils have the opportunity to set foot and walk through such an iconic landscape."

The next school visit will be our whole school sponsored walk to Penshurst Place on July 15th, followed by Activities Day on July 21st.