AN ACADEMY is spending £32,000 on a four-day trip for a selection of its sixth form pupils.
Skegness Academy, which is sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, is paying for the flights and accommodation of 40 Year 12 and 13 students for a four-day trip to New York next month, accompanied by teaching staff.
Pupils were selected after applying by letter to the head of the sixth form, detailing a specific area of interest and demonstrating how the trip would be beneficial to their studies in different subjects.
A trust spokesman said: "The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust only works in areas of social and economic disadvantage and often pays for pupils to go on trips that they would not normally be able to afford to broaden their experiences and to enhance their studies.
"The GDFT pursues opportunities where it can add most value to young people's lives and offers an extensive programme of extended opportunities within all its academies.
"This trip to New York is just one example of how the trust invests in pupils to enable them to thrive and develop into purposeful citizens who are well qualified, confident and highly employable."
The trip is being paid for from the main academy budget, used for activities and trips. In the selection process, the attendance record of students, their attitude and whether the pupil was up to date with their studies were also deciding factors.
Following the trip, the students will be required to write a piece about their chosen topic of focus while on the trip which will be formally assessed. The writing will be showcased at a celebration evening for parents along with photographs and films that the pupils took during the trip.