Year 8 History Trip to the Tower of London - 24 June 2014


On Tuesday 24 June, 38?intrepid explorers (32 Year 8 students, 1 volunteer sixth former and 5 staff) set off on an epic journey of discovery to London! Huddled together on the tube a couple of hours later, we ventured into the heart of the capital in search of stories of past monarchs, their jewels and a WW1?spy!

Our first port of call was Buckingham Palace for the 'changing of the guard' with all its pomp and pageantry. Through St James' Park and Horse-guards'?we headed for Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament where the students were able to peer through the gates and?see the Downing Street residence of Prime Ministers past and present!

The purpose of our trip was to take up an invite from?Historic Royal Palaces to visit the Tower of London to take part in a pilot educational programme, the?mock trial of?Carl Hans Lody, a suspected German spy held captive and executed in the tower during the First World War. The students embraced the mock trial and Callum Barber played an excellent Lody whilst the other students enthusiastically cross examined him!

No trip to the Tower is complete without a visit to see?the Crown Jewels and the students were bedazzled by this show of opulence! For the students to learn about the importance of the jewels to English history and their symbolism in such an interactive environment was a real privilege!

After successfully negotiating a rush hour tube ride and a steady drive up the motorway the weary explorers landed at school!

It was a tremendously rewarding experience for the students and all credit to them for representing our school with such excellent behaviour and high standards. All the staff were very proud!

Special thanks go to Mrs Lavelle for all her efforts in making the trip happen!

Mr Keegan
History Department







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