A group of students from a Shropshire school have been testing their knowledge of German on a trip to the country.
Year eight and nine students from Thomas Adams School, in Lowe Hill Road, Wem, went to Cologne last month to speak to locals and experience life in Germany.
The group of around 40 students visited various tourist attractions during their week there.
The headteacher’s PA Belinda Howells also went on the trip.
She said: “It was a great experience for our students and the staff too.
“Everyone really enjoyed themselves and got to see many beautiful buildings and hear a lot about the history of them.
“The students had lots of opportunities to practice their German too, we were thrilled with the whole trip and the behaviour of our pupils was exemplary.
“It is always a worthwhile week when we go to Cologne and one we hope to do again next year.”
During the trip the students experienced ice skating, visited several Christmas markets, went to the Lindt Chocolate Factory and visited Cologne Cathedral, the resting place of the remains of the three kings in a gold casket.
Head teacher of the school Liz Dakin said: “Everyone who went on the trip seems to have had a positive time.
“We pride ourselves on helping students to have life experiences when they attend Thomas Adams School as well as gaining an education.
“The trip to Cologne combines both of these and is one of a number of foreign visits we organise each year.
“I am thrilled the trip went well, everyone got to experience so much and everyone has come back sharing their stories of what they saw and did.
“We’re now looking forward to the rest of this academic year.”