Lest we forget!

Building on the success of last year’s four day specially commissioned Battlefields Tour, in which 26 academies took part. Ormiston Venture Academy students were offered a fantastic opportunity to visit the Battlefields again, in May, allowing them to connect with the stories from fallen soldiers from the First World War. 

Battlefields tour photo

The opportunity allowed student, Alex Ball to follow in the footsteps of her Great Grandfather and understand his experiences on the front line. She was able to visualise her family history and pay her own respects to his memory.

On the second day of the trip, Alex was selected to lay the memorial wreath at the Menin Gate. This privilege was given to only a few students in the party and meant a great deal to Alex.

On the final day of the trip students visited Tyne Cot Cemetery, site of the Third Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele. This is the largest commonwealth cemetery in the world and whilst visiting the cemetery, students found the graves of local Gorleston soldiers who fought on the front line.

The trip was extremely moving for the students and enabled them to appreciate the sheer scale and impact of War.  It cemented the idea that each headstone had a unique story and family, whose memory should never be forgotten. 

The OAT Battlefields Tour offered free spaces for two students and one staff member in March 2016 and was hosted by the UCL Institute of Education and school tour operator Equity, part of Inspiring Learning.