Beckenham students take to the skies on trip to Gibraltar with Monarch Airlines

PUBLISHED: 17:31 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:44 29 April 2013

Harris Academy students received a unique in-air history lesson from Monarch staff.

Harris Academy students received a unique in-air history lesson from Monarch staff.


Beckenham students jetted off on a day trip to Gibraltar last week, courtesy of Monarch Airline’s appeal to make education fun.

Harris Academy, in Lennard Road, took 200 pupils to explore St Michael’s Cave, the Great Siege Tunnels and even enjoyed a history lesson in the air.

Headteacher, Rebecca Hickey, said: “Harris Academy Beckenham is absolutely delighted to have won the ‘best day trip ever’ to Gibraltar.

“We are a fully comprehensive academy serving an area of south east London that includes areas of high deprivation. Many of our students had not experienced the thrill of flying before.

“We are always looking for opportunities to enrich our students’ education, particularly through new, cultural experiences and this international trip fulfilled the innovative learning opportunities we want our students to enjoy.”

Managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, added: “Harris Academy Beckenham is such a deserving winner of our competition and the spirit of the children yesterday was fantastic. Our appeal has received a phenomenal response and it’s certainly something that we will consider offering other schools in the future.”

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