Chipping Sodbury students have thanked the school for providing trips that have helped develop an understanding of culture around the globe.

Members of staff at Chipping Sodbury School have regularly looked to organise trips for students to different locations across Europe and the world, including skiing in the French Alps, expeditions in Peru and trips to China and New York.

Richard Blacker, Business Manager and Educational Visits Co-ordinator at the school, is responsible for organising a lot of the trips and said: “We think giving children the opportunity to see these places and travel the world is really important, we try to help them spread their wings.”

Chipping Sodbury runs around 12 trips every year and James Keeping, a student since 2012, has attended over 10.

“The school helped me develop an understanding of culture and a new way of living,” he said.

“I went to Peru for one month to build schools and I definitely want to go back.”

Olivia Garrett, attended a Year of the Engineer event at the House of Lords with the school and said: “I had the chance to meet a number of people in the industry so it was vital in reassuring me that I was going in the right direction.”

Sophie Greenslade, recently went to Rome with the school and said: "I really liked the trip, being away with your friends you pick up some skills that maybe you wouldn’t otherwise,” she said.

“It was great for your own independence and showing us how other people live, it was brilliant.”

Some students are also attempting their Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh awards, events which will provide them with important qualifications for their CV’s in the future.

Scott Harrill and Katie Pellow both did Ten Tors and gained important skills and qualifications for their CV's.

Scott said: “I found it really refreshing so thanks to the school for letting us do it and helping us with training.

“I definitely learnt a lot of skills and found it brilliant.”

The students then said: "We want to thank the school for giving us the opportunity to develop our future."