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Advanced Higher English - Edinburgh Trip

Nine of our bravest Advanced Higher English students risked the horrible history of “Auld Reekie” this week, stepping into the dark pages of Edinburgh’s past as part of their study of Gothic Literature.

And as if it wasn’t scary enough to spend a Saturday with Mr Purvis-Armour, Miss Hughes, Mr Strachan and Miss McAllister, the students trembled their way through the city on a walking tour telling the whole-gory story of Scotland’s capital: they learned about the history of anatomists like “Frankenstein” in Surgeon’s Hall Museum, visited the spooky spots that inspired writer Robert Louis Stevenson and saw “Jekyll and Hyde” growl live on stage at the Lyceum Theatre.

With 14,378 steps recorded and a Nando’s in their yellow-bellies, the trip was a chance for our pupils to see the history of “Frankenstein” and “Jekyll and Hyde” in every cobble, following in the footsteps of bodysnatchers Burke and Hare in Greyfriars’ Kirkyard and seeing the power of science by visiting Dolly the Sheep at the National Museum of Scotland.