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Historic battlefields tour beckons for two pupils

Historic battlefields tour beckons for two pupils

Heading for the First World War Battlefields Fearns Community Sports College pupils Ben Tudor and Billie Nunnick.  

A SPECIAL trip to the Battlefields in France and Belgium will be made by two pupils from Fearns.

Head of Humanities at the school Mrs Cheshire is also the North West Region Specialist Leader with the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tours Programme.

Last year, along with other practitioners, she helped to devise teaching aids to assist schools visiting the sites and in 2015 she took two pupils on a battlefields trip.

Now the school has been selected by the programme to make a second free visit in partnership with Manchester City Council.

Next March, 14-year-olds Ben Tudor and Billie Nunnick will be part of a special and unique battlefields tour to commemorate the ‘Battle of Manchester Hill’ when the 1st Manchester Pals fought a last-stand action during the German Spring Offensive.

GCSE History pupils had to write letters of application to Mrs Cheshire explaining why they wanted to go on the trip.

Billie said: “In English we will be studying war poetry so this visit will help with that subject as well as history.

“My mum has told me that my great-grandfather was one of the first people to be badly injured in the Second World War and he had to be sent back home. My mum has his medical records.

“I like history and learning about the war and I thought this trip would be an interesting one to go on.”

The pupils will have work to do in advance of the four-day visit, as well as a legacy project on their return to make sure they share the information they have discovered.

Ben said: “I wrote that I felt the trip would benefit me in my studies for my GCSE. I have never been to France before and I would like to go.

“I think seeing the battlefields first hand will be most influential.”

Mrs Cheshire said: “I am delighted that Fearns has been selected to go on this special trip and it will be an invaluable experience for both of the pupils.”

On November 21 Mrs Cheshire has also been invited to attend the House of Lords for an awards’ ceremony organised by the Battlefields Tours Programme.

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