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Students go 'Over the Top'

St George’s students are finding out what it was like to go ‘Over the Top’.

As part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War a trench has been built in the Arnold Centre Library. The trench, which was built by Sixth Form construction students using pallets and planks of wood, is inspiring English and History students in their studies.

Over the next few weeks Year 7 English students will use the trench, and accompanying film footage, to imagine what it would have been like waiting to go over the top. They will use the experience to produce a piece of creative writing. Year 8 History classes will also be visiting the trench as part of a History Week in the library. Other war and remembrance-related displays feature in all three of the Academy libraries. Sleaford Museum has also been kind enough to loan out some of their war-related artefacts to put on display.

Academy Librarian Ms. Curtis said: ‘The trench will hopefully give the students the opportunity to imagine what it must have been like to ‘go over the top’ at the sound of a whistle. In a very small way we are hoping to show them the horrors that soldiers experienced.’

It is the second time a trench has been built in the library at the Academy. The first time, in 2014, it was assembled to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.