Shebbear College pupils enjoyed a five-day trip to Poland visiting Krakow as well as Auschwitz.

Shebbear College kicked off its 175th year by taking 30 of its fifth and sixth form pupils to Poland.

During their five-day trip pupils took cultural and historical tours around Krakow as well as a trip to Aushcwitz.

Mark Charman, of Shebbear College, said: “On the first day they visited the beautiful Krakow Main Square, vibrant with street performers and activities, then on to the Jewish Quarter where much of Schindler’s List was filmed.

“They visited the oldest synagogue in Poland where all the men had to wear a head covering, and the Krakow Wailing Wall, before heading to Oskar Schindler’s factory for a very detailed museum visit.

“The tours around both camps at Auschwitz were very moving, uncovering the true enormity of the crime. Perhaps the most challenging part for the pupils was confronting 2000kg of human hair (from around 30,000 women) shaved off after their murder.”

The group visited the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, where they had a guided tour of the museum and university rooms.

They also enjoyed a surprise tour of the city in horse-drawn carriages.

“Staff and pupils on the trip experienced a ‘roller-coaster’ of emotions during the five days,” added Mr Charman.