Pupils and staff at Abbey Grange have been inspired to create this website. Study trips focusing on WW1 and WW2, and remembrance activities in school have been our stimulus. We have started to collect memories from our relatives and neighbours. We have also started the research the role our city played during major conflicts.
This site has not been designed to endorse war. We firmly believe we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who fought for and worked hard to support the fight for our freedom. We dedicate Project Inspire to all their memories. We continue to be inspired.
Pupils from Abbey Grange performed at Leeds Town Hall in June 2010 at the Armed Forces Day event. Our concert band played music to bring back wartime memories. If you have any memories to share with us please send them through our contact page.
October 2005, 2006, 2007 - Year 10 history study trips to WW1 battlefields.
July 2000 - on going - Year 8 study trip to D-day beaches and cemeteries.
July 2008 - Pupil wins Leeds City Council Chelsea Flower Show garden poetry competition.
October 2008 - As part of the poetry competition prize a class of Year 9 pupils visit WW1 battlefields in France and Belgium.
November 2009 - Project Inspire website created and launched with Radio Leeds breakfast show interview.
June 2010 - Pupils perform an original drama written by a teacher at Leeds Town Hall as part of Armed Forces Day.
September 2010 - Pupils shadow Leeds Metropolitan University History students researching WW2 POW at Butcher Hill, Leeds.
September 2011 - Pupils shadow Leeds Met research about War Memorials in Leeds.
November 2011 - Pupils attend community remembrance outdoor service at Horsforth cemetery.
March 2011, 2012, 2013 - Two sixth formers lead workshops with younger pupils following Holocaust memorial visit to Poland.
September 2012 - Pupils shadow Leeds Met research about WW1 Belgium refugees in Leeds.
October 2013 - Year 10 and 11 pupils visit WW1 battlefields.
June 2014 - 130 Year 8 pupils visit D-day beaches at time of 60th anniversary.
May 2014 - Pupils plant poppy seeds as part of Diocesan remembrance event.
November 2014 – 50 Year 11 pupils attend Horsforth WW1 workshop in St Margaret’s Hall.
November 2014 - Eight local schools attend Horsforth cemetery remembrance service led by Abbey Grange chaplain.
Here is what has been written about our website…
‘Inspiring’ - Royal Armouries
‘Bringing history alive’ - Leeds Civic Trust
‘What a wonderful site’ - Western Front Association
‘Great’ - The Second World War Experience
‘Good Practice’ - Commonwealth War Graves Commission Education Section