Cokethorpe School has invited The Field Ambulance to visit the school on a yearly basis. The visual experience fascinated our Year 9 pupils, and enabled them to engage with The Great War in an imaginative and informative way. The team used their considerable depth of knowledge and experience to inform and excite our pupils. During each visit, reality is suspended and a part of our school slips back to 1916!
It is important that our pupils understand that the Great War was about more than tanks, guns and war poetry. By introducing the role of the Royal Army Medical Corps, dedicated to saving the lives of soldiers whatever their nationality, we have been able to give our pupils an extremely broad experience of this most significant of conflicts. As always in wartime, huge advances were made in medicine - with the Western Front being a large clinical trial - and this comes across very clearly during the presentations.
We would recommend a visit by the Field Ambulance to schools that would like to bring the First World War to life as part of their curriculum.
Mr S G Carter
Housemaster, Feilden House and Teacher of History