Our school is proud to retain Holocaust Beacon School Status which means we have specialist teachers on the topic and do work in the community to push the message and lessons of the Holocaust.

This status means that our Holocaust Memorial Focus Week is an important one to the school and includes a wide range of experiences and opportunities for our students to reflect upon.

There were many events in school including an online session with a Holocaust survivor, sessions with primary schools, an Auschwitz exhibition in our art gallery, and a range of assembly and tutor time activities.

Earlier in the year,  Year 13 students, Toria Barnard and Harry Barton, visited Auschwitz as Holocaust Ambassadors with the Holocaust Educational Trust and relayed their experiences to audience both in and out of the school.

Elsewhere, Sixth Formers attended a Holocaust Memorial Day presentation at Lichfield Cathedral hosted by Alex Nicholson-Ward.  This saw a full two-hour programme of remembrance and John Dobai , a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, recalled his personal childhood memories of the ‘Shoah’. This was complemented by a presentation by the Dean of Lichfield, Adrian Dorber, on the context of the time and there were further readings and poignant musical support during the event.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Holocaust Beacon School Status and take the responsibilities that come with the status very seriously. There are lessons for all generations from the Holocaust and as a school it would be seriously remiss of us not to address them.”

You can learn a little more about our Holocaust Beacon Status at: https://www.holocausteducation.org.uk/teacher-resources/beacon-schools/