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 during the summer term. During the trip students are provided with an opportunity to witness first-hand the legacy of the First World War. The trip focuses on the battles in the Ypres Salient and we 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 Spanbroekmolen 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. 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. During the trip, many of our students are able to locate the graves and names of their relatives at the various sites visited. 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.
We had the most amazing week away and learned many invaluable lessons. We would not have been able to have such an amazing and immersive experience on an average holiday to these cities and would really recommend the trip to any student, whether they study history or not.
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 linked to 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.
Below are some reflections from students about the most recent trip in February 2020:
Our trip to Berlin and Krakow has definitely been the highlight of our time in sixth form. Our itinerary was packed everyday which meant we saw a huge amount of both of the cities and could piece together their history and culture. Our guide, Steve, was amazing and as well as telling us the facts about the places we were visiting he really made us immerse ourselves in the history that was all around us and think more carefully about the reasons for some of the events that happened. In Berlin we visited historical sites and memorials such as the Reichstag- which we climbed all the way up one night-, The Brandenburg Gate, Olympic stadium and the infamous Berlin wall. When we arrived in Poland after a lengthy coach journey, we were surprised by how beautiful Krakow was given the history of its Nazi Occupation. We really enjoyed exploring the city and travelling by tram to historical sites such as Schindler’s factory and the Jewish quarter and spent our free time exploring the markets and tasting the world-famous hot chocolate in the main square. Our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was a very moving day and none of us were quite prepared for what we experienced. All of us recognised the importance of visiting and learning about Auschwitz and other sites of the Holocaust, which were commemorating their liberation 75 years on.
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.