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Battlefields Trip

July 18, 2013

Noadswood School History Department offers students a residential trip to the First World War Battlefields of France and Belgium. This has been open to students in Year 9 and 10, and is specially designed to support those taking GCSE History.  We believe that this trip offers a deep insight into the tragic events of World War One, by focusing on individual situations and personal stories. Whilst we visit iconic sites like the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Cemetery, we also take students off the beaten track of ‘Battlefield tourism’ to further their understanding of what truly went on. The trip is led by our expert History teachers and our students find the experience moving and, in some cases, life-changing.

Student comments from 2013 visit

“I liked going in the trenches because it gives you an insight into the lives of the Allies. The stories were emotional and really interesting to hear. I feel like I, as a person, have changed from this experience.”

“My favourite bit was going in the trenches and seeing how muddy and horrible conditions were. I also enjoyed learning about the stories of the men by their gravestone. I even saw someone with my name.”

“The trip was an eye-opener as I never realised the massacre of war. I learned a lot and the cemeteries were so well kept. The personal stories of the dead soldiers were sad but good to hear about.”