Students head to the Continent

Students visiting Italy climbed to the crater of Mount Vesuvius.
Students visiting Italy climbed to the crater of Mount Vesuvius.

In April, year nine and 10 pupils from Morley Academy visited the World War One battlefields in Belgium and France to remember those soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.

Over the course of the four days, staff and students visited the Tyne Cot and Thiepval cemeteries and memorials, laid a wreath at the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in the centre of Ypres, and experienced what life was like in the trenches. Students also visited the site of the Battle of the Somme, which started on 1 July 1916, and where roughly 60,000 soldiers died on the first day of the battle. Many of these soldiers were part of the Leeds Pals, a battalion made up of soldiers from Morley and the surrounding area. Most poignantly, the trip also included the opportunity to visit some of the graves of the alumni of Morley Academy, or Morley Grammar School as it was then, including of Private William Siddle and Lance Corporal Norman Higginbottom.

Over the Easter holiday geography and history students spent five days in one of the most stunning areas of Europe, Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. The group were greeted by spectacular views as they walked to the crater of Mount Vesuvius and posed for photos in Solfatara, a live volcanic landscape. It was a great opportunity for those studying ancient history to visit the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.