On the 21st January, we took a group of Sixth Form students to London to view ‘War Horse’ before the production closes in March. The second year of A level English Literature is focused on World War I literature and this was an amazing opportunity to see a text in production. Not only does it give a different perspective on war but it is an engaging way to show some of the horrors of war, such as cavalry facing machine guns, gas attacks and the large scale fatalities in an emotive and effective way. The students were, as always, a credit to the school and enjoyed the production, despite there being tears from a couple of students and some staff. The students were unanimous in their praise for the production, the heart rendering story told through the use of puppets (so realistic in their mannerisms, we easily forgot they weren’t real) and the superb acting of the company. However, there is no doubt that the show was completely stolen by a goose. These students will now go on to use this contextual grounding when they study other World War I texts later this year.