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Sudbury pupils in Pompeii visit

Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils in Pompeii
Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils in Pompeii

Students from Ormiston Sudbury Academy were thrown back in time during a once in a life time school trip to Pompeii.

Fifteen students from the Tudor Road academy stayed in Sorrento near Naples to experience the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and climb to the peak of Mount Vesuvius.

Posing in Pompeii during a recent visit by pupils from Ormiston Sudbury Academy
Posing in Pompeii during a recent visit by pupils from Ormiston Sudbury Academy

The trip was led by director of humanities David Grocott who said: “This was an ambitious trip but hugely successful. We believe in giving all of our students a challenging, world class education and I think this was an example of precisely that.

“It was incredible being able to reach back in time to 79AD and the destruction of these two cities by the dramatic force of the volcanic eruption which has captured even the smallest detail of that time.”

In addition to visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii and Vesuvius the group was able to visit the renowned archaeological museum in Naples.

“At the museum we were able to see the most incredible paintings made in the first century AD,” Mr Grocott said.

“At a time when people in Britain were living essentially large mud huts, these people were living in opulent splendour. Until you see it with your own eyes it’s difficult to fully appreciate.”

The students joining Mr Grocott on the trip were GCSE ancient history and A-Level archaeology students .

Connor McQuie, who is studying A-Level archaeology at OSA, said: “This really helped to bring our studies to life. It was an excellent trip that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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