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Students get taste of army life

Students swapped school uniform for combats when they got a taste of army life during work experience week.

Leah BanfieldTwenty-five Year 10s from The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, learned drills, tabbing and herringbone formation patrolling during a four-night residential in North Yorkshire.

Based at Wathgill Camp, near Richmond, the group got an insight into life in the military with physical challenges, including a one-and-a-half mile run and the army assault course, and tasks to test their teamwork and communication skills at Marne Barracks.

For Leah Banfield, 15, of Coulby Newham, the week reaffirmed her interest in a military career.

It’s made it more of a reality for me,” she said.

“The army isn’t a job to get stuck in because there are so many different things to do and lots of opportunities.

“I don’t think any of us knew what to expect this week. It’s been physically challenging but I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Kaylynn McAvoy, 15, of Easterside, added:

I want to go into engineering in the army so this has been a really good experience.”

Mel Simblett, head of Year 10 at The King’s who accompanied the students with the academy’s outdoor education instructor Steve Hall, said the young people had responded well to the challenges.

Some have realised they are more determined than they thought they were and can achieve things they perhaps didn’t think possible,” she added.

All Year 10 students at The King’s Academy get the chance to do work experience, opting to find their own placement or being matched to an organisation by coordinator Jackie Hurst.

Students have been working at Crathorne Hall and Judges hotels, primary schools and nurseries, care homes and one boy has been at Rolls-Royce in Sunderland.

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History students in awe at Rievaulx

HISTORY students turned to the past to secure their futures by absorbing the wonders of a world heritage site to inspire their learning.

Rebecca DonnisonYear 10 history classes from The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, spent the day at Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, for a controlled assessment with 25 per cent of their GCSE marks up for grabs.

As well as soaking up the atmosphere of the Cistercian monastery whose earliest buildings date back to the 1130s, the students had to complete a detailed worksheet.

History teacher Lucy Dear said:

The scale and beauty of Rievaulx never fails to move the students and inspire them in their studies. They fully appreciate that what they are experiencing is more than 900 years old and has literally stood the test of time.

“Students not only work well on the day but they carry back to the classroom the memories of their field trip which shows the relevancy of studying history.”

Student Rebecca Donnison, 15, said it had been a memorable day out.

She added:

Rievaulx is absolutely beautiful and for me the trip certainly helped bring history alive.”