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Pupils heading off to the Battlefields

Shortly before the Easter holiday the History Department launched a competition with a very exciting prize – a Government funded trip to the Battlefields of France and Belgium as part of the Centenary commemorations of World War One.

Winners of Battlefields competition

Year 9’s were invited to tell us something about the Great War that they hadn’t learnt in lessons and we were delighted to receive some really detailed and fascinating research and presentations from those who entered. The entries ranged from essays on the British Intelligence service to the fascinating development of tanks and the navy.

The two winners submitted impressive research projects into family members, utilising online archives and records as well as census data, family photos and memorabilia. Well done to all who entered; Toby Antcliff, Amy Hayhurst, Jacob Head, Conor Lally and Gemma Leggett.

The winners, Patrick Stone and George Larson will now be invited to take part in a four-day trip to the Battlefields in November 2016 to visit cemeteries, memorials, museums and battlefields in France and Belgium.

Once they have completed their visit they will present what they found out on the trip to further enrich Ryedale pupils’ understanding of the First World War – watch this space!

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