First World War battlefields visit.

14th October 2015

Two Year 11 students represented the academy as part of the First World War Centenary Battlefields Programme which is a government-funded project that allows two students from every school across the country to visit the battlefields in Ypres and the Somme. Liam Lynskey and Keanan  Rolph were joined by students from schools across South Yorkshire and the Midlands.

During the visit the students were able to explore the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War, which they  found very moving as they imagined  some of the tough fighting conditions. They also had the opportunity to research a local hero called  Caleb Wren from Adwick Street, Denaby Main. Caleb has no known grave but his name appreared on one of the panels of the missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Towards the end of the visit students participated in a unique project called "Coming World Remember Me" where they could create a sculpture of a crouched soldier which will be displayed around Ypres in 2018. There will be 600,000 of these sculptures made, each one representing a soldier's  life lost in Belgium during the First World War. Now that the students have returned to the academy they have an opportunity to join in  the Legacy 110 project where experiences and research on local heros are shared with the local community.