Last week the whole of year 7 visited Chepstow Castle as part of their study of the Norman invasion and conquest in History.

They have been studying the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror, and his use of castles in recent classwork so this was a superb educational opportunity to see a local castle of this type in action.



They were guided around the castle by teachers, and shown the features that made Chepstow was such as brilliant and impenetrable fortress. Students completed a booklet as they explored the castle, explaining why the Normans choose this location and how the castle developed over time.

The highlight was the weapons display with the crossbow and swords. Mr Neil Eddiford, our weapons expert, used the swords to chop bottles into small pieces, illustrating just how deadly they were! Some lucky students (and teachers!) were even given an opportunity to get hands-on with this weaponry! Thank you to all of year 7 who were wonderfully well behaved all day.

Mr M Leaman
Head of History