The History Department runs two major trips to enhance students understanding of the subject, and inspire them in their learning. Both trips are always enthusiastically supported.
World War One Battlefields
Year 9 students who are studying History are invited to join the World War One Battlefield Trip which runs just before the May half-term. The trip focuses on the battles in the Ypres Salient andwe alternate each year between the first day of the Somme Offensive (1 July 1916) and sites in and around Arras.
We spend a very busy few days firstly visiting a number of sites and museums around Ypres including the Sambroekmolen Crater on Messines Ridge, the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele, the military cemetery of Tyne Cot and the Langemark German Cemetery. At the end of the day we attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate before moving on to several sites of the Somme on our second day.
We are fortunate to be accompanied by an NST guide, the UK’s leading educational tour provider for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, who stays with us throughout the visit and provides a fascinating insight into everywhere we visit. We learn about day-to-day life in the trenches, the effect of war on the areas we visit and how the various countries choose to remember their dead today. The trip normally lasts four days and is always a memorable and very moving event.
Warsaw & Krakow
Every other year we take students in Years 12 and 13 to visit Berlin and Krakow.
This trip normally lasts for seven days. We fly first to Berlin and spend three days visiting such sites as the Neue Synagogue, Goering’s Air Ministry, the Topography of Terror and Wansee Villa, where the plans for the final solution were made. In addition we visit sites to do with the Cold War such as the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.
During the latter part of the week we transfer to Krakow where visits are made to the old Jewish Quarter, Schindler’s Factory and Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Payments for both trips can be made in instalments over a period of time. Our online payment system is the most efficient way to pay and allows parents to keep track of any payments made and any outstanding amounts. Payments can be made as and when convenient as long as the final deadline date is adhered to.