Pupils from Bay Leadership Academy swapped the classroom for the capital to learn the history behind war and remembrance.

Forty students from Years 7-10 were inspired by the education that the Imperial War Museum had to offer, where conflicts from World War I onwards were explored.

As part of the three day visit, pupils were fascinated by the stunning Poppy Waterfall which is currently on display as the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI approaches. Experiencing the devastation through the Baghdad exhibition, pupils became aware of conflict which has affected the lives of many in more recent times.

Visiting London Dungeons provided an interactive journey through the history of the capital, documenting more well-known events such as the Great Fire of London.

There was also time for inspiration through science and the arts, as pupils enjoyed the Science Museum along with witnessing productions of The Lion King and Aladdin in the West End.

Rhian Spence, Teacher at Bay Leadership Academy, commented:

“It was wonderful for pupils to expand their learning beyond the constraints of the classroom through our recent trip to London. Pupils went from being mesmerised by their first experience of live theatre, to total shock when learning about the more harrowing aspects of conflict in the Imperial War Museum. Memories made sightseeing in the capital will stick in the minds of our pupils for many years in the future.”

Bay Leadership Academy will mark Armistice Day with a 100 second silence to signify the number of years that have passed.

ATTRACTIONS: Pupils experience the sights and shows of London