Year 11 History Trip to World War I battlefields
Year 11 History students spent a fantastic two days in Belgium, visiting the First World War battlefields around Ypres at the end of February. Having studied Medicine on the Western Front as part of their GCSE course, students were able to see artefacts like medical equipment, stretchers and even ambulances in real life in some of the museums we visited. More importantly, the chance to walk through reconstructed tunnels and trenches allowed them to fully understand how the war was fought and the conditions in which men fought and medical staff worked. We visited several war cemeteries, where the students were moved by the sheer numbers of war dead but also individual stories, like the youngest British soldier to be buried in Belgium, a boy their own age. In the evening, we attended a memorial ceremony at the Menin Gate to participate in a public act of remembrance. Throughout the trip, students remained good humoured despite the 6am start and general lack of sleep…! Their teachers were hugely impressed by their enthusiasm and interest in the history they are studying all weekend, and everybody had a truly memorable time. Thank you to all the students for their brilliant attitude.