Year 9 Trip to Normandy

Year 9 Residential Trip to Normandy – Activities Week (Monday-Friday)

The planned itinerary is based on our previous successful visits to this area and includes excursions to the Bayeux Tapestry and the magnificent Falaise Castle, the birthplace of William Duke of Normandy and the first Norman King of England.

There are also excursions to the landing beaches of the D-Day invasion of 6th June 1944 and the resultant battle for Normandy. We visit, amongst other places, Arromanches, the American War Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer and La Pointe Du Hoc (both made famous in the film Saving Private Ryan), the batteries at Longes-Sur-Mer and the Juno Landings Museum. These visits help students develop an understanding of the D-Day landings, which will be a major area of study in the World War II section of the Year 9 scheme of work. We also intend to visit Caen Market and Beuvron-en-Auge.

The trip is with Galloway, a travel company we have used for many years when we have visited the battlefields of World War I. The school has always been impressed by the reliability and flexibility of this company and by its friendly and highly knowledgeable drivers.

Accommodation is at the very popular Youth Centre, the Bon Sejour at Merville. Bon Sejour is located next to a sandy beach and with good amenities. The weather is usually fine in July and we make use of the beach in the evening as well as the other facilities of Bon Sejour. A good account of a previous visit is contained in the school magazine Eclectics.

The total price will include insurance, museum entrance fees and full board accommodation from an evening meal on arrival to packed lunches on departure. The total price is estimated to be approximately £430.00 (2016-2017).