William Hall won the 2013 Historical Association’s ‘Key Stage 3 Local History Award’ for his engaging and highly personal Year 9 project on the USAAF base at Metfield, Suffolk, in the Second World War and its impact on the local community. The judging panel were ‘fascinated by his research into such a recent phase of local history’. As a result William has been invited to receive his award at the HA presentation ceremony at the Union Jack Club on 15th October. Bertie Southworth’s entry on his great-grandfather, Reginald R. Smith, and his role with the Green Howards in the Normandy Landings was ‘highly commended’ and he also received a book prize (Cruel Crossing – Escaping Hitler across the Pyrenees by Edward Stourton) and Spirit of Normandy Trust certificate.
This is very much part of a pattern – although we missed out last year, in previous years we have received significant numbers of HA awards, not only at Key Stage 3, but also at Years 11 and 12.