Year 9 visited the WW1 Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme along with the beaches of Dunkirk which saw the evacuation of the British Army in 1940. They learned about the nature of the Great War itself, experiencing the trenches which dominated the fighting on the western front.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, so commemoration and remembrance were at the heart of visits to British and German cemeteries and memorials which allowed pupils to reflect on the nature of the sacrifices made by men often not much older than themselves. The visit to Dunkirk presented a compelling lesson in the way warfare developed following the end of WW1. Pupils visited the small town of Cassel, where the British Army was forced to retreat toward the sea by the rapidly advancing German Wehrmacht. All 3 days enabled pupils to reflect on WW1 and WW2 and the experiences of the millions of personnel that served during them.