GCSE History Trip to WW1 Battlefields

As part of GCSE history studies next year, the history department are offering the chance for history students to visit the World War One Battlefields of Northern France and Belgium during a 5 day ‘battlefield experience’ early next year.

The GCSE course covers four topics, one of which is the causes and events of World War One, focusing mainly on the military campaigns. To help to develop a deeper understanding of this topic, we will be visiting battlefields such as the Somme, Passchendaele and the Ypres Salient.

The visit will leave the College site at around midday on Tuesday 6 February 2018, where we will travel by coach to Hull, crossing overnight to Zebrugge. Students will be accommodated in en-suite cabins in a designated schools’ area of the ferry, covered by permanently monitored CCTV. After a day spent visiting battlefield sites around Ypres, we will travel to our accommodation which will be at the Hotel Munchenhof near the town of Ypres (www.munchenhof.be).

The next four days will be spent out ‘in the field’ visiting trenches, memorials, museums and war cemeteries and on our final night we will attend the world famous Menin Gate memorial ceremony. Evenings will be spent completing written reflections on the day before a small amount of free time before bed.

We will return via the overnight ferry from Zebrugge to Hull on Friday night and anticipate returning to Whitby at around midday on Sunday 11 February. This date will be at the start of the half term holiday so there will be no need to get up for College on Monday morning!

The visit is organised and staffed by Mercat Tours and, having been on this visit previously, I cannot recommend the company highly enough. Students will benefit from very experienced, trained educators who will lead them through an intense, and often highly emotional, experience. More information and video footage of previous trips can be found on their website: www.mercattoursinternational.com.

The cost of the visit will be £500.00 per student. This includes all travel, accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal which will be provided at the hostel. It also includes entrance fees to the sites and museums.

To ensure we have sufficient numbers, and to secure a place for your son/daughter, we need the reply slip and a cheque for £75.00 deposit by Friday 7 April 2017. This will be non-refundable, except in the event of insufficient numbers when the deposit cheque will be returned. The remaining balance will be due at the start of December. In order to spread the cost, the College office will be happy to accept interim payments.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cutler
Teacher of History; Assistant Director of Learning: Year 10

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