STUDENTS from Reading visited the Belgium Battlefields last month to see and feel the impact The Great War had on Europe and the world.

42 pupils and five staff members from the Bulmershe School in Woodley, visited cemetery sites including Britain’s largest cemetery, Tyne Cot.

The visit included a trip to the British front-line trenches that have been preserved and other memorials in Northern France, to allow students to begin to try and understand what life was like.

Students also took part in the Menin Gate ceremony that happens every evening at 8pm and has done since the 1920s.

Eva (Year 10) and William (Year 9) represented the school by laying a wreath during the ceremony to pay their respects.

Both commented it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is incredibly important never to forget the sacrifices these soldiers made.

David Ridsdale, deputy headteacher, who led the trip, said that it was great to see the students being involved in the Menin Gate remembrance service and for all the students to see the lasting impact of war.

He believes these experiences will stay with the students forever.