Pupils return to school on Tuesday 3 September. Year 7: 9.30-15.00. Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13: 13.00-15.00. Year 12: 10.30-12.20

Two of our Year 13 English Literature learners have had poems published in a booklet promoting women's engagement with the rail industry.

Iris and Antonia, were part of a larger group who worked with Northern Rail and Community Rail Lancashire to design a rail journey that celebrated women’s achievements. Accompanied by Community Rail Education Development Officer, Karen Bennett, the group took advantage of free train travel to visit Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and Manchester.

Having walked to Heptonstall from Hebden the group visited the grave of famous poet, Sylvia Plath, and having made the much easier downhill journey back to Hebden station the group travelled on to Manchester.

Their first stop in Manchester was the John Rylands Library where they explored the ‘Women who shaped Manchester’ exhibition and the Grade 1 listed building which was founded by a woman, Enriqueta Rylands, in 1899 and is now part of the University of Manchester. This was followed by a visit to the People’s History Museum to find out about women’s suffrage and the role of northern women in the suffrage movement.

The poems written by the group came out of the experiences and discoveries of the day and are published in the Women who Wander booklet which was launched in Liverpool on International Women’s Day. You can find out more about the project by visiting https://downtheline.org.uk/projects/women-who-wander/