History students sent to Bodmin Gaol

Pool Academy History students visited Bodmin Gaol to learn how prisons have evolved over the years.

The trip took place recently with the Year 9 History GCSE classes. A new section of the exam has been created around the subject of Crime and Punishment so the trip was organised to enrich studies.

During the day the students were taken on a guided tour of the prison and told about the history of the old 1700s building.

Mr Turner, History Teacher at Pool Academy, said: “There is a topic in the GCSE on how prisons have evolved and Bodmin is a great example of a reformed prison. Men and women were separated into individual cells in the 1700s.

“The students enjoyed it. I think they found it interesting as there were guided tours where they were told about individual prisoners.

“They were very positive about the trip.”

During the day trip the students also walked part of the Camel Trail back to the coach.

Mr Turner said it was the first time the trip had taken place but hoped to do it again in the future.