Following arrival at Marylebone, the group took a trip on the London Eye, before getting a tour of The Sun newspaper offices at News UK, London Bridge, aimed at introducing the youngsters to journalism. A visit to Borough Market focused on food trends and then a trip to law firm, Linklaters, concentrated on law careers and included a tour of the hospitality rooms, restaurant and coffee shop.

The day ended with a tour of the quirky Fruit Towers, headquarters of Innocent Smoothies where the students learned about the company’s steady rise to success and a wide range of job roles, from sales and marketing to head smoothie taster.

Rachel McEntee, offer development manager, Elior UK, says: “The key purpose of the trip was to open the students’ minds to different career opportunities, expanding their horizons and aspirations for the future. Many of them had not visited London before. The feedback from the students and staff couldn’t have been more positive.”

Mr David Lawrence, head of Year 10, Arrow Vale School says: “It was an amazing day out for our students. The experiences they had will stay with them forever.”

Arrow Vale, until recently, was a failing school. The hard work and commitment of the teaching staff earned the school an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ in every category, in 2014.