Three times a year the normal student timetable is suspended and we offer students an alternative array of exciting, enriching and rewarding experiences: enhancing the curriculum, building the cultural capital of students and further developing their interpersonal skills that will underscore their successful development to adulthood. These days are referred to as Cultural Capital Days and are proudly one of the highlights of the Academy calendar.
The second Cultural Capital Day of this academic year will be on Wednesday 29th March. All students will be going on a trip – some are free, and others require payment. Trips are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All payments are to be made on ParentPay. The deadline for booking is 3.00pm on Friday 10th March. This payment also serves as providing parental consent for your child to attend the selected trip.
Students will travel on public transport for most trips. There is no cost involved in the travel of students, as the Academy receives exemptions from Transport for London. All trips will commence at the Academy, and see students return to the Academy at the end of the trip, unless indicated on the Google Form. All students should attend school in their normal school uniform. Students are advised to wear appropriate winter travel clothing. They will also need to bring their own packed lunch. Students who are eligible for a Free School Meal will be provided a packed lunch.
The choices for Year 10 students is as follows:
1) The London Dungeons, £11
London Dungeons is one of London’s most popular attractions and is a fully immersive experience, taking students back in time to witness dramatic reenactments of significant moments in our history. Students should arrive at school for 8.30am. We will travel to the London Dungeons on public transport. We aim to return to the Academy at approximately 2.30pm, depending on the frequency of the trains. All students should attend school in full school uniform and are advised to bring appropriate outer clothing.
2) An Inspector Calls at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, £21
This adaptation of a core GCSE English Literature text examinations social responsibility, justice and fairness remain, all as relevant today as they were when Priestley’s play was first shown over 70 years ago. Students should arrive at school for 11.30am. We will then travel to the theatre by public transport. We will return to the Academy at approximately 5.30pm. Please indicate on the Google Form whether your child will travel independently from the Academy or whether they will be collected by a parent/carer at the end of this trip.
3) Jekyll and Hyde at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, £11
This rare adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel about the dangers of living a secret life is a must-see for GCSE English Literature students. Students should arrive at school for 8.30am. We will then travel to the theatre by public transport. We will return to the Academy at approximately 3.00pm.
4) The Museum of London, Free
The Museum of London is an award-winning, charitable institution that explores the rich and ever-changing history of the UK’s capital city. Students will explore: Docklands at War, the Slave Trade and Sainsbury’s gallery looking at the history of food and supermarket expansion. These exhibits link directly with students’ studies in History and Geography GCSE. Students will travel by public transport. Students should arrive at school for 8.30am. We will return to the Academy at approximately 2.30pm, where students will be dismissed.
5) The Bank of England Museum, Free
Students can experience the heart of the United Kingdom’s financial institution with a visit to the Bank of England museum. They will learn about money, the economy, the history of the Bank of England, and how the economy works on a global and local scale. Students should arrive at school for 8.30am. Students will travel to the museum on public transport, returning to the Academy at approximately 2.30pm, depending on the frequency of trains.
Please do get in touch with a member of your child’s Small School team if you have any questions about our Cultural Capital Days.
Mrs H. Panton
Deputy Head of Turing School