Our school is proud to retain our Holocaust Beacon School Status and as part of our commitment to this topic, we work with the Holocaust Educational Trust and their ‘Lessons From Auschwitz’ project.

The programme has taken over 41,000 students to Auschwitz since 1999.

It is based on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

The visits to the former Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience.
Two of our Year 12 historians went along this time, Louis Caldwell and Toby Morris-Samuels, and their visit on 11 March was the last entrance before the camp closed due to the coronavirus.

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We work hard to give our students opportunities to extend their learning outside of the classroom and this long-running project is one we are particularly proud of. The students will work on the seminars when they are re-scheduled and will talk to other Friary students about their experiences.”

If you would like to learn more about the Holocaust Educational Trust visit: https://www.het.org.uk/

If you would like to learn more about the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project visit: https://www.het.org.uk/lessons-from-auschwitz-programme

If you would like to learn more our Holocaust Beacon School Status visit: https://www.holocausteducation.org.uk/courses-events/apply-ioe-beacon-school/