Our Year 12 scholars visited Kew Gardens on Monday 25 February.
During the trip, the students were able to take in the amazing biodiversity of Colombia through a beautiful display of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Our scholars particularly enjoyed contrasting the Victorian architecture and plant life in the Palm House and Temperate House, punctuated by some important messages about the conservation of threatened ecosystems and species.
Mr Brewer had an interesting discussion with the students about whether the collection of plant life from around the globe by Victorian explorers could be considered an early form of search engine. The students were truly inspired by the Marianne North Gallery and were interested to hear about this prolific painter and explorer, who refused to conform to Victorian societal norms.
Speaking about the visit, Mrs Davis said: 'It was an enriching day out, made all the more enjoyable by the glorious sunshine.'