On Thursday 8th February 2024, a group of eager Year 11 and Sixth Form students from four Trust schools embarked on an exciting trip to Paris, immersing themselves in the rich culture and history of the city.

This annual cross-Trust trip provides a unique opportunity for students studying French at GCSE and A Level to bring their language skills and classroom learning to life.

Students and staff from Cheadle Hulme High School, Hazel Grove High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme, and Laurus Ryecroft met at the airport bright and early on Thursday for a busy day of travel and sightseeing.

After landing in Paris and settling into their accommodation, they wasted no time and set off on their adventure.

Their first stop was at the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica, perched on top of the highest point in the city.

Students from Laurus Trust secondary schools stand at the bottom of the steps leading up to Sacre-Coeur.

Here, the students took in breath-taking panoramic views and marvelled at the landmark’s architectural beauty.

Taking a wander through the charming streets of Montmartre, the artistic district of Paris, they got a glimpse of life in Paris and enjoyed some shopping too!

Day two started with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, a powerful symbol of French national pride.

Students from Laurus Trust secondary schools stand in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

As they strolled down the impressive Champs-Elysées, students enjoyed discussing the avenue’s history and significance.

This scenic walk led them through the beautiful Tuilerie Gardens, where they saw the statues of famous French figures.

After lunch at a local French restaurant, the group were eager to visit the Louvre.

Students spent some hours exploring the vast collection of art, including the world-famous Mona Lisa.

Their day concluded with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, where they learned about the efforts to restore the cathedral and admired its architecture.

The following day, the group travelled to the magnificent Palace of Versailles, a symbol of French royalty and opulence.

Students from Laurus Trust secondary schools stand outside of the Palace of Versailles

They spent much of the day exploring the palace’s grand halls, picturesque gardens, and the Trianon estate.

As the day came to an end, the group had one last sight before they got ready to go home; the unmissable Eiffel Tower. They headed to Pont de l’Alma, where they had a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower and captured some great photos.

Travelling home on Sunday, students left feeling enriched and inspired.

The trip to Paris was an unforgettable experience for our students, enabling them to broaden their knowledge of French culture and enhance their GCSE and A Level understanding.

Thank you to all who supported this trip, we look forward to the next one!