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Bringing history to life on a moving trip

Humbling, moving, important to experience. That is what our Year 9 students said after going to the First World War battlefields of Ypres Salient in Belgium last week.

The whole of Year 9 went on the trip which complemented History and English coursework studies the students are doing for their GCSEs.

All students visited Tyne Cot, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, as well as the German cemetery at Langemark which offered a striking contrast. They also went to Sanctuary Wood Museum, where a preserved battlefield allowed them to walk through trenches, and to the Menin Gate in Ypres town, where they saw a memorial to British and Commonwealth soldiers whose graves are unknown. There was also a visit in Ypres to a shop selling finest Belgian chocolate, which proved a popular interlude.

Each of the three groups also went to a smaller cemetery where they laid a wreath to honour soldiers from the area local to Worth – from Turners Hill, Crawley, Balcombe and Copthorne – who were killed during the battles of Passchendaele in and around Ypres.

Every year students at Worth take part in a wide variety of trips, exchanges and visits. These trips complement studies and help to shape individuals. More about trips at Worth here.