English Literature Battlefields Trip

A group of Ruislip High students has taken part in an English Literature Battlefields trip run by University College London and the Institute of Education.

The visit took place from Sunday 3rd November to Wednesday 6th November 2019, led by Ms Keenan, Head of English.

The Year 10 students taking part were Yasmin, Jamie, Sky and Ronan. They were able to read and engage with the poetry, prose and drama of the First World War in the locations which inspired them, a truly unique opportunity. The group from Ruislip High was joined by students and teachers from other schools including Douay Martyrs, Haydon and Bishop Ramsay. 

In Belgium, the students visited Lijsseenthoek cemetery to find out more about the role of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; the Memorial Museum Passchendaele to explore trenches, dug outs and the life of ordinary people at war; Essex Farm in Ypres, the inspiration behind 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae; Talbot House and the death cells and shooting post in Poperinge to find out more about military discipline, including a performance of RC Sherriff's First Word War play 'Journey's End'.      

On the second leg of the trip in France, students visited the places which inspired Wilfred Owen's 'The Sentry' and 'Exposure', visited Moreuil Wood to explore military strategy and the role of the cavalry, and finally stopped in Compiegne in which the armistice was agreed.

On returning to Ruislip, students will work with other schools on a Remembrance Legacy Project.