BATTLEFIELDS TOUR TO REMEMBER WWI

History students have laid wreaths at Ypres as part of a special tour of World War One battlefields. The three pupils from Biddenham International School and Sports College visited the Menin Gate and the battlefields of the Somme.

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Tour Departure Date:
07 February 2016

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HARTLEPOOL STUDENT HONOURS FALLEN AT LAST POST CEREMONY

A Hartlepool student from Hartlepool Pupil Referral Unit traveleld to Belgium to take part in a Last Post Ceremony to honour the fallen from the First World War.

Hartlepool

Tour Departure Date:
28 February 2015

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REDDITCH AND STUDLEY STUDENTS VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Redditch and Studley students had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of First World War soldiers during their trip to Belgium and France. Pupils from Pitcheroak School and Studley High School took part in the tour, including a student who found the grave of an ancestor.

Redditch And Studley

Tour Departure Date:
26 February 2016

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NEIL CARMICHAEL MP FOR STROUD & CHAIR OF EDUCATION SELECT COMMITTEE JOINS TOUR: 9 OCTOBER 2015

Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud and Chair of the Education Select Committee, joined the tour in The Somme to see firsthand how two of his constituency schools, Archway and Thomas Keble, were finding the experience of retracing local soldiers' footsteps 100 years on. 

Neil Carmichael

Tour Departure Date:
09 October 2015

Pick Up Points:
Gloucester

Media Accompaniment:
Stroud News & Journal

Regions Covered
Gloucestershire

BOLTON TOUR 11 OCTOBER 2015

Two boys from Turton school in Bolton were selected from 40 applicants to represent their school on the government funded tour. Both had family members who fought in the war, so being selected to participate was all the more poignant for them. They travelled as historians to bring back to school and their community the thoughts, feelings and experiences of standing on the battlefields 100 years on. They described the visit as "having a big impact" and were shocked by the sheer number of graves at Tyne Cot Cemetery, stating "it would take a staggering four months to read every name". Both their teacher and the students are planning what they can do to continue the legacy, including compiling a newsletter and utilising the school grounds to help others understand more about trench warfare. 

Turton School

Tour Departure Date:
11 October 2015

Pick Up Points:
Bolton

Media Accompaniment:
Bolton News

Regions Covered
Bolton

LONDON TOUR 2 OCTOBER 2015

Two Year Nine students from Woodside High School in Haringey discover the grave of a local soldier William John Fuller, originally from Wood Green, whilst visiting the Western Front with the government funded tour. 

Haringey

Tour Departure Date:
02 October 2015

Pick Up Points:
London

Media Accompaniment:
Tottenham & Wood Green reporter

Regions Covered
London

BURTON TOUR 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Two Year 10 pupils and their teacher from William Allitt school in Newhall, near Swadlincote, described their visit to the battlefields as a real "eye opener" and a truly "emotional experience". 

Burton

Tour Departure Date:
27 September 2015

Pick Up Points:
Newhall

Media Accompaniment:
Burton Mail

Regions Covered
Burton-on-Trent

HISTORY TODAY JOINS TOUR 20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Rhys Griffiths from History Today joins the tour and reports back on his own experiences. 

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Tour Departure Date:
20 September 2015

Pick Up Points:
Various

Media Accompaniment:
History Today

Regions Covered
Nationwide

Ormiston Academies tour 22 March 2015

Twenty-seven schools from the Ormiston Academy chain took part in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme as a complete tour group. Split across two coaches, two students and one teacher from Ormiston Academies located across England, visited the battlefields, museums, memorials and cemeteries of the Western Front. Having all of the Academy chain teachers together gave them the unique opportunity to network, share and shape ideas in-situ that they could take back to their classrooms to improve their teaching and learning.

One student in particular, from Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, Norfolk, had a very moving experience whilst on tour when she became the first member of her family to visit the grave of her great great grandfather. The story was covered by Eastern Daily Press.

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Tour Departure Date:
22 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Across England

Media Accompaniment:
Post tour coverage by Eastern Daily Press

Regions Covered
Ormiston Academies across England

Cumbria Tour 15 March 2015

A journalist reporting for Cumbria News & Star, Cumberland News and North West Evening Mail accompanied a tour from the region and covered extensively in all three newspapers as well as compiling a short video.

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Tour Departure Date:
15 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Carlisle

Media Accompaniment:
Cumbria News & Star, Cumberland News, North West Evening Mail

Regions Covered
Cumbria

North East tour 8 March 2015

Six schools from the North East - Elemore Hall Residential School; Seaham School of Techology; Tanfield School; Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy; North Durham Academy and Durham Sixth Form Centre - will travel to Neuve Chapelle in France as part of the government funded tour, to pay their respects at the Indian War Memorial on the exact day the Battle of Neuve Chapelle took place one hundred years ago. 

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Tour Departure Date:
08 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Durham

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour coverage by The Northern Echo

Regions Covered
North East

Berkshire & Surrey tour 8 March 2015

Sandhurst School in Sandhurst, Berkshire and Kings International College in Camberley, Surrey, visited the Neuve Chapelle Indian Memorial as part of the government funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, to pay their respects to those British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives at the site in the Great War.

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Tour Departure Date:
08 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Guildford

Media Accompaniment:
Post tour coverage by Camberley News & Mail

Regions Covered
Berkshire; Surrey

Hampshire tour 8 March 2015

A reporter from The Daily Echo accompanied these Hampshire schools to the Western Front: The Sholing Technology College; Oak Lodge School; Great Oaks School; Redbridge Community School; Applemore College; Testwood Sports College; Lakeside School; Oasis Academy Mayfield; Crestwood College; Thornden School; The Romsey School; The Arnewood School. 

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Tour Departure Date:
08 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Southampton

Media Accompaniment:
The Daily Echo

Regions Covered
Hampshire

York tour 6 March 2015

Two pupils and one teacher from these 12 York schools travelled to the Western Front as part of the government's centenary education programme: Joseph Rowntree; The Mount; Huntington School; Archbishop Holgate's; Bootham School; St Peter's; All Saints RC; York High School; Manor Church of England Academy; Canon Lee School; Millthorpe School; Barlby High School.

Coverage of their tour attendance prior to departing the UK appeared in The Whitby Gazette, with Barlby High School in Selby reported on in The Press, with details about their plans to create a memorial garden in the school grounds.

York

Tour Departure Date:
06 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
York

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour coverage in The Press, York

Regions Covered
York

Whitby & Yorkshire tour 6 March 2015

Pupils from Eskdale School in Whitby prepare for their forthcoming battlefields tour by taking time to consider the key enquiry question 'How did the First World War affect ordinary people?'

Whitby

Tour Departure Date:
06 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
York

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour coverage in the Whitby Gazette

Regions Covered
Whitby, Yorkshire

East Yorkshire tour 1 March 2015

Seven East Yorkshire schools - Archbishop Sentamu Academy; Ganton Special School; St Mary's College; The Holy Family RC High School in Goole; South Hunsley School & Sixth Form College; Sirius Academy and Northcott Special School - were accompanied to the battlefields of the Western Front by Hull Daily Mail. Read their interview prior to going on the tour, together with their experiences whilst in Ypres and the Somme. 

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Tour Departure Date:
01 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Hull

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour and on-tour coverage by Hull Daily Mail

Regions Covered
East Yorkshire

North Lincolnshire tour 1 March 2015

Year 10 pupils from St. Hugh's Communication and Interaction Specialist College in Scunthorpe were interviewed by Scunthorpe Telegraph in advance of their government funded battlefields tour to explain what preparations they're doing in advance to get the most out of their forthcoming visit. 

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Tour Departure Date:
01 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Doncaster

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour coverage in the Scunthorpe Telegraph

Regions Covered
Scunthorpe

Wiltshire tour 27 February 2015

Dr Murrison, Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire and the Prime Minister's special representative for the First World War centenary commemorations accompanied the 4 day government funded battlefields tour along with Clarendon Academy from his constituency. They discovered the grave of a former Wiltshire Times employee, William George Jones, and paid their respects at his grave in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. 

Dr Murrison

Tour Departure Date:
27 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Bath

Media Accompaniment:
Wiltshire Times

Regions Covered
Wiltshire

Berkshire tour 27 February 2015

Pupils from Langley Grammar school in Berkshire attended the regional tour departure on 27th February. They are planning in earnest how they will bring their experience to their local community. 

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Tour Departure Date:
27 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Slough

Media Accompaniment:
Ascot, Windsor & Eton Express; Slough & South Bucks Observer

Regions Covered
Slough

Hereford tour 27 February 2015

Pupils from Wigmore High School were able to trace a local soldier, Private John Oakley, and pay their respects at his name inscription on the wall of Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. 

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Tour Departure Date:
27 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Hereford

Media Accompaniment:
Hereford Times

Regions Covered
Hereford

Oxfordshire tour 27 February 2015

Gosford Hill School in Kidlington, Bartholomew School in Eynsham, North Oxfordshire Academy and Chenderit School in Banbury travelled across to Ypres and The Somme as part of the government funded secondary school education programme. The students who attended from these and 7 other Oxfordshire schools were clearly moved by their experience, with one student making her mind up to study History at A Level as a result of attending.

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Tour Departure Date:
27 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Oxford

Media Accompaniment:
Post tour coverage - same story - in Bicester Advertiser; The Herald; Witney Gazette; Oxford Mail; Oxford Times

Regions Covered
Oxfordshire

Rochdale tour 8 February 2015

A pupil from Whitworth Community High School in Rochdale discovers his great great uncle's name on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in The Somme and is moved to tears by the whole experience. 

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Tour Departure Date:
08 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Manchester

Media Accompaniment:
Rochdale News

Regions Covered
Rochdale

Wigan tour 8 February 2015

Two pupils and one teacher from Westleigh High School near Wigan joined 15 other schools to experience the battlefields of Ypres and The Somme one hundred years on. Prior to departing on tour, they researched local soldiers and found their graves at key Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries on the itinerary. They are planning a post-tour commemorative project upon their return to school to share their experiences with the wider community. 

Wigan

Tour Departure Date:
08 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Manchester

Media Accompaniment:
Wigan Observer & Wigan Evening Post; Leigh Journal; Bolton News

Regions Covered
Wigan, Stockport, Oldham

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Tour Departure Date:
06 February 2015

Pick Up Points:
Enfield

Media Accompaniment:
Islington Gazette; Ham & High; Ilford Recorder; Tottenham Journal; Hackney Gazette

Regions Covered
North & East London

Norwich tour 17 October 2014

The government funded battlefields tour brings home the reality of the First World War to pupils from Broadland High, Sprowston High, Aylsham High School, Caister High, Sewell Park College, Hobart High School, Parkside School and John Grant School. Read the coverage below and watch the video

Eastern Daily Press

Tour Departure Date:
17 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Norwich

Media Accompaniment:
Eastern Daily Press

Regions Covered
Norwich, Caister, Loddon

Birmingham, Rugby & Shropshire tour 12 October 2014

The Independent newspaper accompanied the battlefields tour and saw first hand the profound effect of outside the classroom learning on pupils from Hodge Hill Girls' School in Birmingham; The Marches School in Oswestry, Shropshire; Saint Martin's Catholic Academy in Stoke Golding near Nuneaton; Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham; Avon Valley School in Rugby; Colmers School in Rednal, Birmingham. 

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Tour Departure Date:
12 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Coventry, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Birmingham

Media Accompaniment:
The Independent

Regions Covered
Coventry, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Rugby, Shropshire

Midlands tour 12 October 2014

Sec Ed Magazine joined 44 schools from the Midlands to research local soldiers who fought and died in the First World War, find out what the students have planned as a follow up commemorative project and speak to teachers about the benefits of taking up thier places on the free government tour. In particular, students from Avon Valley School in Rugby; Hodge Hill Girls' School, Colmers School, Waseley Hills High School, King Edward VI Handsworth School and Oscott Manor School in Birmingham; Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall and The Marches School in Shropshire, were interviewed for the article. 

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Tour Departure Date:
12 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Coventry, Birmingham, Shrewsbury

Media Accompaniment:
Sec Ed Magazine

Regions Covered
Midlands

Bristol tour 10 October 2014

Pupils from schools in and around Bristol: St. Katherine's School; Bristol Brunel Academy; Colston's Girls' School; Cotham School; Redland Green School; Bristol Free School; Churchill Academy; Backwell School; Worle School and Bradley Stoke Community College discover soliders and pay their respects on the government funded tour. 

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Tour Departure Date:
10 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Bristol

Media Accompaniment:
Bristol Post

Regions Covered
Bristol

Cornwall tour 10 October 2014

A 15 year old student from Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance has become the first member of her family to visit the grave of her great great grandfather's cousin, Private Frank Reginald Hogg, killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. She found his grave as part of the government funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme for English secondary schools. 

 

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Tour Departure Date:
10 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Bodmin

Media Accompaniment:
The Cornishman

Regions Covered
Cornwall

Maidstone tour 5 October 2014

Pupils from Maidstone's Valley Park, Oakwood Grammar and Invicta Grammar schools remember the heroes of the First World War. They visited cemeteries, memorials, museums and battlefield sites in Ypres and The Somme and located soldiers who once lived in their local communities and paid their respects. 

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Tour Departure Date:
05 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Maidstone

Media Accompaniment:
Kent Messenger

Regions Covered
Kent

North Staffordshire tour 3 October 2014

Schools from North Staffordshire - St. Margaret Wood Catholic School; Thistley Hough Academy; Clayton Hall Business & Language School; Blackfriars School and Moorside High School researched local soldiers and told of their experiences. 

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Tour Departure Date:
03 October 2014

Pick Up Points:
Stoke

Media Accompaniment:
Stoke Sentinel

Regions Covered
North Staffordshire

Hampshire & East Sussex tour 28 September 2014

Seaford Head Community College, Angmering School, Chailey School, Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, Priory School in Lewes, Hailsham Community College, Eastbourne Academy, Ratton School in Eastbourne and Oak Grove College in Worthing were among 14 schools from the South who travelled out to the Western Front and wrote about their experiences in The Argus.

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Tour Departure Date:
28 September 2014

Pick Up Points:
Portsmouth & Brighton

Media Accompaniment:
Brighton Argus

Regions Covered
East Sussex

Whitley Bay & Newcastle tour 21 September 2014

Students from Whitley Bay High School talk about their experiences on the government funded battlefield tour in their school magazine. 

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Tour Departure Date:
21 September 2014

Pick Up Points:
Newcastle

Media Accompaniment:
Post tour coverage in Whitley Bay High School magazine

Regions Covered
Whitley Bay, Newcastle, County Durham

Tyneside & County Durham tour 21 September 2014

Pupils from the North East including schools in Tyneside and County Durham retrace their relatives' footsteps to learn more about the First World War, and to share their stories with their local communities to help create an enduring legacy to those who fought and died for our freedom. Particularly poignant stories from St Joseph's RC School in Jarrow, Ferryhill Business Enterprise College and Thomas Bewick School in Newcastle are covered in the following articles. 

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Tour Departure Date:
21 September 2014

Pick Up Points:
Darlington, Newcastle

Media Accompaniment:
The Chronicle

Regions Covered
Tyneside, County Durham

Yorkshire tour 19 September 2014

Students from Outwood Grange Academy, Ossett Academy, Cockburn School, Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, Horbury Academy and Leeds East Academy travelled as part of the government funded programme to the Western Front and uncovered a wealth of stories relevant to their local regiments which were reported in the Yorkshire Post. Read about it and watch the video.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Tour Departure Date:
19 March 2015

Pick Up Points:
Leeds

Media Accompaniment:
Yorkshire Evening Post

Regions Covered
Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire tour 12 September 2014

Bracken Hill School, Rushcliffe School, The Trinity Catholic School, Big Wood School, Sutton Community Academy and Brackenfield Special School took their places on the government funded battlefields tour and rediscovered local soldier stories that will stay with them forever.

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Tour Departure Date:
12 September 2014

Pick Up Points:
Nottingham

Media Accompaniment:
Nottingham Post

Regions Covered

Derby tour 12 September 2014

Pre tour coverage of Landau Forte College, Noel Baker Community School, Derby Moor Community Sports College and Granville Community School from Derbyshire preparing for their battlefield tour to the Western Front. 

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Tour Departure Date:
12 September 2014

Pick Up Points:
Derby

Media Accompaniment:
Pre tour coverage by Derby Telegraph

Regions Covered
Derbyshire

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