We are delighted to offer all of our current Y9 History students a fantastic opportunity to visit the City of Berlin, where many key historical events of the 20th Century have been played out.

Between 22 – 24 October 2018, students will have the opportunity to experience everything that Historic Berlin has to offer. From Checkpoint Charlie, to the Stasi Prison and The Reichstag, this trip is a unique opportunity to emerge yourself in some of the most dramatic settings that 20th Century history has to offer.

Organiser, Rachel Liptrott, comments, ‘I am really looking forward to sharing some hands on history with our pupils, this is fantastic opportunity to experience the harsh realities of the communist Germany and develop understanding of some of the most remarkable events of the modern word. Unforgettable memories will be made and I am confident that students will develop a lifelong love of learning.’

The launch event for this trip took place this week. Students have been asked to complete an E1 form and passport information sheet and return it with a non-refundable deposit of £100 by Friday 24 November 2017.


Please contact Richard Ward or Rachel Liptrott at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for additional clarification.

I really enjoyed the trip to Berlin. I learnt a lot about the Cold War and the Berlin Wall. It was my first trip abroad and I really enjoyed it. The TV Tower was my favourite, because the view looking down on Berlin was really pretty and it was interesting to read about all the places there with historical significance.

Fay Year 10


Berlin was the best trip that I have been on throughout my other High School Years. It is jam packed with loads of activities. As soon as we arrived at the hotel we ate out buffet meal and then went out. We visited the Reichstag, the home of the German Government and walked round the Dome with headphones listening to facts.  We did this at night which made the views prettier. We also went up the TV Tower the next night. Throughout the trip we travelled on trains and subways. This was my first time on a train so it was a new experience.


We visited Checkpoint Charlie and the museum. The Teachers were amazing and got involved in laughs and jokes with the kids. I would recommend this trip to anyone doing history because it allows you to understand all the key events of that happened throughout Berlin in different perspectives. I would definitely like to go on this trip again.


Rebecca Year 10

As part of an enrichment and cross curriculum teaching programmes the English and History Department recently took our Year 8 pupils on a trip about Britain’s Industrial heritage. Attached is an eloquent and insightful report from Lordes St Juste about the day. Further activities are planned as part of our activities week in order to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of what it was like to live and work in this era.

On Friday 12th June year eight visited the Armley Mills industrial museum. The trip was very educational and interesting and it helped us gain an understanding of what it was like for the people working in those horrible conditions. I think the trip was effective for the whole year because it made us think how easy life is for us.

First of all we visited the rooms where the main machines were. A lot of the people who worked in the factories had medical conditions due poor working conditions. There was a limited amount of windows in the cramped rooms; due to this many people had problems with their eyesight. We learnt that people were breathing in fibres from the wool and dust from the machines, people often developed lung diseases, asthma and other illnesses such as lung cancer. The whole of year eight were stunned when they found out children as young as five were forced to work in these horrible conditions and that most were developing these illnesses before the age of 9. Some children were often caught in horrible accidents which could have been prevented by simple training and better working conditions. Year eight learnt about the story of George Dyson. In 1822 George got his leg trapped in a machine and sadly died. George was not instructed carefully on the machine, a few more minutes of training could have saved his life. There was an incident in 1932 when a child died as a result of not being allowed to the toilet, a minute toilet break could have saved a life. Children were often exploited in the factories. I think this part of the trip affected year eight the most because we realised how easy life is for us. Children were forced to work long hours in terrible conditions while we are at school bettering our lives. This part of the trip made us appreciate our lives more.

We also visited the weaver’s cottage and the factory manager’s cottage. There were a lot of differences between the two. The weaver’s cottage consisted of two rooms a kitchen and a parlour. This made us appreciate our houses a lot more. We also learnt that they could only get a bath once a week; ten people had to share that bath water.

 Every year, as part of the A-Level History course, Ralph Thoresby sends 2 year 13 students tovisit the former Death Camp at Auschwitz. The visit is run through the Holocaust Education Trust and is an incredible opportunity for our students to meet one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors, and see the remains of the Camps. In 2015 Lauren Read was one of the students fortunate to go.

In March we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest WWII concentration camp, in Poland. The trip really opened our eyes to the horrors of the war and made the history we had been learning back at school very real.

The first camp we arrived at, Auschwitz I, had been a labour camp back in WWII and was only quite small as it did not house many prisoners.

In the buildings here we saw many things such as the offices of the generals who ran the place, however more disturbingly there were others which held belongings of the prisoners from 70 years ago. One building contained 40,000 pairs of shoes which had been taken from Jewish, disabled and gypsy men, women and children. What particularly shocked us was that one of the guides mentioned that these 40,000 pairs of shoes would have only taken 5 days to be collected when Auschwitz were bringing in the most people per day at the end of 1944 and early 45.

After visiting here we travelled 3km on the coach to Birkenau, this was the prison camp and was where around 6,000,000 Jews, Gypsies and people with disabilities were executed. Here there were hundreds of barracks in which we learned hundreds of prisoners were forced to sleep in each, often having to share a bed with no less than four people. Only the remains of the gas chambers were left here as they had been destroyed by the Nazis after what they had been doing had been found out so they destroyed the gas chambers in hope to get rid of as much incriminating evidence as they could.

Overall it was a very sad, humbling trip however we both learnt a lot from it and would definitely consider re-visiting. To end the trip, the rabbi who ran the educational tours sang us a prayer and we all lit candles and joined for a few minutes silence in the remembrance of all the innocent lives lost in the camps. 



On the 22nd May Year 10 took a trip out to Ripon to research Fountains Abbey’s history for our essential coursework that we are due to start. We spent the day wandering the land of Fountains Abbey and taking notes as our teachers informed us of the purpose of each part of the monastery and what the monks would do throughout the day. An interesting fact I learnt was that the Abbey covers 70 acres.

The whole year group really enjoyed this trip because it was very educational and to our surprise the sun came out! As a result of this we had the freedom to walk around the Abbey with our friends, snapping pictures and absorbing all the information about the monk’s lifestyle. For example, we learnt that Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England.

I can confidently say that every student learnt something new about the Abbey for their coursework and I would visit Fountains again in my free time with my family. To no surprise, the majority of students loved going to the gift shop in small groups to spend their money on souvenirs and treating themselves to ice cream. Overall, this history trip was a very fun day out to learn the essential facts for our coursework.