History Department and Lessons from Auschwitz Project

The History Department are active participants in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project, which involves sending two A-Level History students on a day’s visit to Auschwitz. The Lessons from Auschwitz project has been running since 1999 and over 30,000 students have taken part. As a department, we were very pleased to send Lily […]

A-Level History students visit Auschwitz

In the first week of March, we took part in the two-part ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project, run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, where we became Auschwitz Ambassadors. We first attended an orientation seminar, where we learnt about pre-war Jewish life, and heard from a Holocaust survivor named Rudi Oppenheimer. At the age of 12, in […]

John Fieldsend returns to school

Exactly one month after visiting The Bicester School to talk to Year 9, John Fieldsend, a Kindertransport child, returned to the school – to talk, this time, to the staff and over one hundred students from Year 7 to Sixth Formers. John spoke of his journey across Europe and his life since arriving in Britain. […]

Year 9 meet John Fieldsend, Holocaust survivor and Kindertransport child

On 1 February, and just a few days after Holocaust Memorial Day in Britain, the History Department and Year 9 students welcomed John Fieldsend, a Holocaust survivor rescued by the Kindertransport programme, to the Bicester School to hear his testimony. John, now 85, was born to a Czech mother and a German father, spoke openly […]

The Bicester School welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

On Wednesday 1 February, Year 9 students from The Bicester School will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor John Fieldsend, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), Miss Constantine and Ms Riches. The testimony by Mr Fieldsend will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand […]

History students create poetry to remember the First World War

Over thirty Year 9 and Year 11 History students have written poems on the theme of the First World War and have had them entered into a national poetry competition run by the ‘Never Such Innocence’ charity and promoted by the Historical Association. Never Such Innocence is a unique project which fits into the wider […]

History trip – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

On a very cold November evening the History team, along with just under forty Year 10 and 11 students, attended a screening of ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’. The film is set in New York City, in the 1920s, and both staff and students had fun spotting the historical references whilst marvelling at […]

“You say you want a revolution?”

A-level History students recently visited the V&A exhibition, ‘You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels, 1966-1970’. The exhibition covers what many see as a revolutionary time for music as well as politics, including the impact of The Beatles, Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War and the rise of consumerism. All of this tied […]

History students remember the past

The History Department and A-level History students have participated in the Royal British Legion’s campaign to plant a poppy in the centenary Flanders Field in Ypres, Belgium. It was in Ypres where three battles were fought and poisoned gas was used for the first time. Ypres became synonymous with the destruction, trench warfare and stalemate […]

Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of black power

Advance notice for A-level and GCSE History students.  Coming to the Tate Modern, London in July 2017 is a chance to see a number of art works linked to the Civil Rights Movement, many on display for the first time in the UK. The art works span the time period of 1963-83 and will offer […]