On Wednesday 16th November and Monday 6th February (due to high demand) over 100 Year 7 students took part in the history department trips to the city of Bath. On both of these trips, around 50 students were taken to visit and study the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
In the Roman Baths the students had a teaching session, in which they got to study and hold ancient Roman objects that had been excavated from the baths. They also had a tour around the bath complex learning about how the Roman baths operated, their size and when they were built. The students also viewed what was left of the Roman baths including the big open pool in the middle of the complex. On the way out of this tour, many students took the opportunity to ‘take the waters’ and drank the water (filtered) from the hot spring.
The second location we visited, on both days, was Bath Abbey. This was built during the time of Henry VIII and retains many of the elaborate features that were built into this building at the time. The students were taken on a tour of the tower and its bells, which involved the climbing of 212 steps to the top, with its views over the city. On the way up the students learnt about the bells and how they are chimed as well as some of the history of the Abbey itself. Once at the top, the students were able to have a 360-degree view of the city of Bath and its surroundings. Once back down the 212 steps, the students were able to wonder around the Abbey and view the stained glass windows, the royal coat of arms and the ornate carvings. On both occasions, the students conducted themselves in an excellent manner and represented the school to the highest of standards.