AN emotional visit to Ground Zero was the highlight of a trip to New York by Cronton Sixth Form students.

Dawn Venables, head of humanities, said: “We managed to visit so many places on our wonderful trip including a visit to Ground Zero where we were accompanied by a fire officer who had been on duty on the day of the attack and helped victims out of the buildings.

“This was a very emotional visit and our students were very respectful and dignified throughout.”

The students, who are all studying performing arts and humanities, visited many other famous sites, including Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square.

Matt Plant, director at the Centre of Excellence in performing arts, said, “The students had a fantastic time.

“We managed to strengthen our relationship with the Musical Theatre department at New York University and Paul Gordan who is the composer of our forthcoming Broadway musical Jane Eyre.

“The students had the opportunity to try their hand at ice-skating and after dining in the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, which the students loved, we had the opportunity to watch the musical ‘Chicago’ on Broadway.”