History School trips to Bosworth (1 & 2 Days)

Take your students on a History School trip to Bosworth where one of the defining battles of English History took place and is relevant to both KS3 and GCE courses covering the Wars of the Roses or Early Tudors. Recent archaeological discoveries have allowed historians to take a radically fresh look at both the battle and the king; a survey of the battlefield has meant a significant relocation of the fighting and the dramatic discovery of the remains of King Richard in a car park in Leicester has not only turned the city into a major new tourist destination but has allowed experts to re-examine the popular image of the king as a hunchbacked villain.
 

We can tailor your History tour to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.   

 

Itinerary

 

One-Day Tour (for schools within approximately 120 miles of Leicester)

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Leicestershire. Visits include:
  • Bosworth Battlefield & Heritage Centre
  • Richard III Visitor Centre
 
  • Leicester Cathedral (Richard's grave)
  • Study Packs & notes included
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

 

 

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Two-Day Tour

 
  • Day 1: School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Leicestershire. Visits include:
  • Bosworth Battlefield & Heritage Centre & guided battlefield walk
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • Leicester Cathedral & Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Optional visit to Kirby Muxloe Castle
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)
 

 

Add an Extra Day....

 
  • With an extra day you can include a visit to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We can suggest suitable visits for Art, English, Geography & Science
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if you have competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 
 
 
 

 

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Visits

 

Bosworth Battlefield
Richard III Visitor Centre
 
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The award-winning Heritage Centre located where the battle was traditionally thought to have raged uses displays & a range of interactive media to tell the dramatic story of the day which changed English history. A tour of the battlefield can be arranged allowing students to appreciate how the terrain - & the motives of the key participants - influenced the outcome.

 

The newly created visitor centre explains how the king's remains were discovered & how the latest scientific techniques were used to secure a positive identification. Find out whether Richard really was a hunchback & explore the possible scandal surrounding his family line. Students of English Literature & Science will benefit from the cross-curricular nature of the centre's displays.

 

 
 
 
 
Leicester Cathedral
 
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Richard now lies in a splendid new tomb in Leicester Cathedral, much to the irritation of his modern-day Yorkist supporters who campaigned unsuccessfully to return him to what they see as his true home. A brief tour of the medieval building is included in your visit.   This picturesque fortified mansion was built for Lord Hastings, who was dramatically seized & executed by Richard III in 1483. The atmospheric moated remains, the fine gatehouse & complete corner tower have been extensively conserved by English Heritage.  
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Curriculum

 

Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

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  • English society & government in the 15th century
  • The dynastic struggle between Lancaster & York
  • Henry Tudor's claim
  • Significance of his marriage
 
 

On Tour

   
 
  • The location of the battlefield
  • The course & outcome of the battle
  • Discovery of Richard's remains
  • Scientific & historical means of identifying the remains
 
  • The grave of King Richard
  • 15th century castles

 

 

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • The impact of Henry Tudor's victory at Bosworth
  • Legitimising the Tudor Dynasty
  • Power in Tudor England
  • The end of the Middle Ages
  • Assessment of Richard III as a king; hero or villain?
  • The Tudor version of history; propaganda or truth?
  • Shakespeare
  • Challenging the identification
  • Disputes over where to bury the king
  • The impact on Leicester's economy & profile
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to National Curriculum KS3
 
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Our study packs
 
 
 
 
 

Our study materials are designed by teachers, many with examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge.  You can:

 
  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
 
 
  • use a combination of your own & our materials
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • Suggested answers for selected tasks
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials: Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System. We can offer accommodation in hostels and in more traditional hotels according to group size, nature and budget.

 
 

YHA National Forest

   

Youth Hostels offer excellent value accommodation especially for small or medium sized groups. YHA National Forest is an eco-friendly building with 23 en-suite rooms in a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 bed configurations across two floors.

 
 

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Accommodation

     
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people / Bunk beds
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • TV
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Hot & cold buffet breakfast
 
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Testimonials

 

Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

"Excellent! Very informative and enjoyable for all."

 

 

Mellow Lane School, Hayes, Middlesex

"We had a wonderful time. I was very impressed with the guide's knowledge – he was fantastic. I shall definitely be using Galina again!"

 

 

Ardingly College, West Sussex

"Excellent preparations ensured things went very smoothly. Thank you very much."

 

 

Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green, London

"Superb drivers – flexible, amenable and well-organised."

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