Ypres, Somme & Hindenburg Line English School Trips (3 or 4 Days)

The poetry of 1918 stands in marked contrast in style, language and attitude to the poetry of 1914.  The patriotic fervour at the outbreak of war and the stoic resolve of 1915 were both eclipsed in the aftermath of the Somme.  The battle was a watershed event that led to growing dissatisfaction amongst an Army that was changing from regulars and territorials to newly-disillusioned volunteers and reluctant conscripts.  By 1917, grand ideals had given way to trench poetry concerned with the everyday - the rats, the mud, the cold, the wounded, the dead.  In the final year of the war, not only was its military conduct questioned but also its continued prosecution.  Resentment and bitterness were expressed in increasingly vitriolic and condemnatory terms.  The locations visited on this tour provide a context in which the poetry of the Great War can be studied - in order of composition, in places which help explain its origin, the circumstances which inspired its creation and each poet's motivation.  

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Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

  Tyne Cot Cemetery
 
 
  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation for three nights
 
 
 

Day Two:  Ypres, 1914-16

 
  • Gheluvelt Plateau
  • Hooge Trenches
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • Ypres Cloth Hall
  • Menin Road & Hellfire Corner
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate at 20.00 hours
 
 
 
 

Thiepval Memorial

 
 

Day Three:  The Somme, 1916

 
  • Dartmoor Cemetery
  • Ovillers & "Mash" Valley
  • Crucifix Corner
  • Blighty Valley
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Newfoundland Park
  • Serre & Munich Trench (Owen on the Somme, 1917)
 
 
 
 

Day Four:  Hindenburg Line

 
  • Joncourt & Swiss Cottage
  • Forester's Hut
  • Sambre-Oise Canal
  • Wilfred Owen's grave at Ors
  • Return to School via Calais
  • Evening Drop-off
 
 
 

Itinerary Planning

 
  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to suit your particular requirements
 
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Content

 

Relevant AS/A2 Specification

      Students at Hooge Trenches
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • AQA:  English Literature A - Paper 2A: WWI and its aftermath (Regeneration, Birdsong, Oh! What a Lovely War, Journey's End, Up the Line to Death, Scars Upon My Heart etc, Stallworthy)
  • OCR: English Literature - Component 03: Literature Post 1900 - War through Time
  • Eduqas / WJEC : English Language & Literature - Component 4: Critical & creative genre study - War/Conflict (Testament of Youth, Birdsong)
  • AO3: the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

 
 

Aspects of War

 
  • The outbreak of war & the volunteering spirit
  • First experiences of combat
  • Stalemate & trench warfare
  • Gas warfare
  • Perceptions of the enemy
  • Officers & men
  • Army discipline
  • Conditions & daily life in the trenches & underground
  • Medical provision & casualty evacuation
  • Mounting losses & burial of the dead
  • Memorialisation
  • Pals on the Somme
 
  • Attrition on the Western Front
  • Attitudes on the Home Front
  • Conduct of the war
  • Changing face of the British Army: Regulars, Territorials, volunteers & conscripts
  • The end of the war
 

Historical Background

     
  • 1870-1914: A Changing Europe
  • Causes of WWI & the Schlieffen Plan
  • 1914: Mobile Warfare
  • Race to the Sea & 1st Battle of Ypres
  • The German Western Front
  • Trenches Established
  • 1915: Stalemate
  • 2nd Battle of Ypres: Gas
  • Battle for Artois
  • 1916: Battle of the Somme
  • Relationship of the Somme to Ypres & Verdun
  • 1917: German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line & the British pursuit
  • Battle of Savy Wood & Manchester Hill
  • 3rd Ypres: Passchendaele
  • Tanks at Cambrai
  • 1918: The Year of Victory
  • Ludendorff's Offensive
  • The March to Victory
  • Breaking the Hindenburg Line & Battle of the Sambre
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your AS/A2 Specification
  Menin Gate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our study materials are designed by teachers with examining experience.  You will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teacher notes, free of charge. 

 
  • You can use our study materials exclusively or use your own study materials.
  • You can also use a combination of both your own & our materials.
 
 
  • Loose-leaf task & information sheets offer greater flexibility of use.
 
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information 
  • Map & a time line of events
  • Discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
 
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  • 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
 
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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.
 

 

Trevor Boag, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

 

Trevor Boag
 

Trevor's special area of interest is the prose & poetry of the Great War. Prior to becoming a guide with Galina, Trevor had led school groups as one of our clients for a number of years. His guiding experience includes English & History tours to the battlefields of the First World War with groups ranging from National Curriulum KS3 to GCSE & A-Level students.

Trevor has a joint honours degree in English & History & has 35 years' experience as an English teacher & A-Level examiner. He was a Deputy Head for 16 years & Acting Head for two years in North Yorkshire.

"Trevor was an excellent tour guide. The fact that he had examined the A2 paper my students will be sitting only reinforced this.”

Brentside High School & Arts College, London

   

 

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  • 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

    Pax Hotel Dixmuide
 
 

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 
 

4* Pax Hotel, Dixmuide

   

The Pax is a five-minute walk from the town centre & twenty minutes from Ypres by coach. It is a family-owned hotel which is part of the Best Western group. Evening meals are taken in the de Vrede Hotel in the Grote Markt of Diksmuide which is also owned by the same family.

 

 
Pax Dixmuide Bedroom Pax Dixmuide Breakfast Room

 

Pax Dixmuide Bar 

 

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 100 students & staff in 37 bedrooms on 4 floors (access via lift/stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Multi-bedded rooms
  • Breakfast room
  • Meeting room
  • Games room/computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Coach parking
 
         

The Menin Gate, Ypres

    Menin Gate Hotel
 
 
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The Menin Gate Hotel is situated opposite the Menin Gate & Ypres Ramparts and just a short walk away from the Grote Market in the centre of town. Evening meals are taken in one of several restaurants in the main square.  The Menin Gate Hotel is part of a group of hotels owned by the same company that also includes the Salient & Poppies Hotels.  All are maintained to the same high standard. 

 

 
Menin Gate Student Bed Room

Menin Gate Dining Room

 

Menin Gate Staff Lounge  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 11 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Large TV & free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking nearby
 
         

The Poppies, Albert

    Poppies Albert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Poppies Albert is situated 5 minutes' walk away from the Albert Basilica in the town centre.  Evening meals are taken in a restaurant also near the town centre. Each floor in the hotel can take a group.  An access code is required to open the main door to each floor from the outside so groups can be kept securely separate.  The hotel is ideally placed for schools visiting the Somme battlefield.    

 

 
Poppies Albert Student Bedroom

Poppies Albert Dining Room

 

Poppies Albert Games Room  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 186 students & staff in 48 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking
 
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Testimonials

 

King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

"Excellent documentation. Courier superb – informed, confident and led us excellently. The driver was friendly and professional."

 

Lady Lumley's School, Pickering, North Yorkshire

"Excellent service. The detailed focus on the exam specification was a strong improvement to already excellent provision. The service we have received from Galina we have consistently regarded as excellent. We will use Galina without hesitation."

 

Allestree Woodlands School

"The planning was excellent. This was the first visit overseas that I have organised and your help was invaluable."

 

Wanstead High School, London

"Excellent pre-tour organisation. Very impressed. Would recommend to others. The tour guide was inspiring and very knowledgeable. Staff and students learnt a great deal from him."
 

Distant Thiepval  

 

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    As you will see, the advice only covers groups travelling until 16 April. However we understand that it is likely that this will be extended along with all social distancing measures.

    As we are sure you will appreciate this is an incredibly challenging time for everyone involved in educational travel. Information and policies are changing on an almost daily basis. At the moment we are awaiting updates from amongst others; the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Transport, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ABTA, the School Travel Forum and some insurance companies, all of which has a bearing on the advice which we give all our groups and not just school groups. Consequently, if you are departing on or after 01 June we would very much appreciate your patience and forbearance whilst we wait to hear back from some or all of these organisations and are in a position to give you more constructive guidance and advice. Hopefully this should be within a matter of days.

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    Please find below a joint statement from the STF and ABTA as of March 13th 2020. Our current understanding of the situation regarding school trips is as follows:

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    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

    We will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and pick out what we believe is relevant for you.

     

    Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

     

    Will flights still operate?

    Yes. During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 

     

    Will my coach journey still operate?

    Coaches will still be able to travel to, from and around EU countries as usual. 

     

    Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

    Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual. 

     

    Will we have to show our passports at each border?

    We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

    You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

     

    Will I need a new passport?

    Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

    If you are looking to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, you will need your passport to both:

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    If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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    The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

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