Wisbech school pupils learn about Anne Frank

An Anne Frank exhibition is taking place at Thomas Clarkson Academy over the next two weeks and a group of Year 9 students have been trained as tour guides to spread the story.

Fifteen Year 9s volunteered to be trained by The Anne Frank Trust UK to guide visitors around the exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today, helping them to discover and discuss the Holocaust, and to explore Anne’s message of hope in the face of adversity.

Through participation in this programme peer guides enjoy an increase in self-confidence, improved literacy and presentation skills, an opportunity to develop team working and leadership skills and learn more about themselves and their local community.

Vicky Coleman, Leader of RE, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get an in-depth understanding of Anne Frank’s story and the Holocaust and to share that knowledge with the rest of the school.”

Following the exhibition the guides will have the opportunity to become Anne Frank Ambassadors, helping to spread the messages from Anne’s story to others in the school and feeder primary schools and helping to challenge prejudice and prevent hate-related attitudes developing.

History teacher Lois Russell said: “The students have taken an extremely mature and sensitive approach to what is a very harrowing tale, and have received positive comments from staff and students about the tours they have provided so far.”

Funded by the Big Lottery, the Anne Frank Schools’ and Ambassadors’ Programme is part of Realising Ambition, a UK-wide programme investing £25million in outstanding projects that have a strong track record or have already been proven to work in helping young people fulfil their potential.