Rudheath Senior Academy pupils head off on an Oriental adventure

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Rudheath Senior Academy pupils were served an epic taste of the Orient on an express adventure around some of China’s most famous landmarks.

The whistle-stop 10-day journey started in Bejing where pupils walked along The Great Wall. The they learned political history on a visit to Tiananmen Square, and saw the Forbidden City’s stunning buildings and temple gardens.

The wide-eyed youngsters made dumplings and sampled traditional food during a short stay at a family home, and also tried their hand at kung fu at a Chinese school.

Teacher Jemma Morrell said: “It was a wonderful trip and an invaluable learning experience for our pupils.

“The Great Wall was breath-taking. It was such an honour to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

“At Tiananmen Square we saw where Emperors lived and walked around the palace and gardens, and we extremely fortunate to be taken to a local home where we experienced traditional home cooked food.”

The intrepid group hopped on a short flight to visit their sister school in Wenzhou, where they enjoyed a traditional Chinese lesson involving calligraphy and paper cutting, and had a go at the ancient art of Kung fu.

The final leg of the adventure was a fast train to visit The Bund, a famous waterfront area in Shanghai, and the tranquil Yu Gardens.

Mrs Morrell added: “We were taken to the most amazing banquets with flaming bowls. As we waited, dry ice was poured over the food to create a spectacular show. It really was out of this world!

“We were all given such a welcome and they had clearly done so much to prepare for us. It was very humbling.”

Rudheath Senior Academy, formerly University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN), became part of the North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in November last year.

Chester-based NWAT is one of the country’s top performing trusts, with a proven track record of improving schools.

Among the other school NWAT operates is Oak View Academy in Winsford, which was the second worst primary in the country in 2014 but is now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Others include St Martin’s Academy, Chester, which was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted within a year of opening in 2013, and Delamere Academy, near Northwich, which is ranked the highest performing primary in the borough according to the latest performance tables.

For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy, email: office_admin@rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk or tel: 01606 42515.