As part of our Holocaust Beacon School Status, in partnership with UCL, Y12 students Isabella Acton and Grace Kirk took part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme in March 2019.

They took part in sessions with holocaust survivors and the Holocaust Educational Trust and then completed a 24 hour visit to Poland to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The scheme looks to spread awareness about the Holocaust and so participants deliver sessions to other students to recount their experiences and the lessons they have learnt. Consequently, Isabella and Grace led a teaching session with Year 7 students about their trip to Poland.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “In a time when cultural tolerance and respect is not always secure, the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme is a fantastic opportunity to teach these key themes and to broaden the horizons, not only of those directly involved, but also those who come to the experience as secondary participants. We are proud of our teaching of the Holocaust and having students leading the agenda is an important part of this.”