THE city that never sleeps hosted 30 lucky GCSE students on a school trip.
The youngsters from The Petersfield School spent four days in New York accompanied by their teachers over the summer holidays.
They packed a lot into the trip to the Big Apple, visiting the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central Station, and a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
And they ate at traditional diners.
But the most overwhelming experience of all was undoubtedly visiting the September 11 memorial – Ground Zero.
Geography teacher Sam Graham said: ‘We did not know what to expect before visiting Ground Zero and it is one of the strangest places that I have ever been.
‘On the one hand it is the site of the worst terrorist atrocity in US history, but on the other it is the most impressive structure.
‘It was one of the most memorable experiences of an incredible trip and something that each student will remember forever.’