York was the chosen destination for our A level History students on Tuesday 26 February. 27 of them had the chance to visit York Minster, a magnificent cathedral of worldwide renown. The Minster is still the site of daily worship and prayer after more than 1000 years. Not only is the building itself beautiful, but the Minster’s collection includes 300,000 objects, some of which are almost 2000 years old.
Our students attended a session in the Minster’s Learning Centre that focused on the significance of the English Reformation during the Tudor period. The Reformation began during the reign of Henry VIII, when he wished to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. His actions led to a rift between England and the Pope, as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
As part of the session, our students donned ecclesiastical robes. They then had a tour of the minster to look for architectural evidence of the events of the Reformation. Both students and staff very much enjoyed the visit. Lower sixth student Nathaniel Kimberley said: ‘I enjoyed the York trip and believe it was beneficial to my A Level course. It provided an opportunity to see the historical impact of the Reformation first-hand.’