Students had the opportunity to experience medieval life during a visit to Mountfitchet Castle, an elaborate reconstruction on the original site of a Norman castle.
The 10-acre visitor attraction features the moated motte and bailey wooden castle surrounded by all of the trades and infrastructure needed to sustain a bustling 10th century community. This included a brewhouse, blacksmith, church and prison cell.
Other exhibits were a quintain, used by horsemen to practice their lance skills, plus siege weapons and a battering ram. Animals including tame deer and waterfowl roamed the site, which also included a waterwheel and eel pond.
The trip was organised by Mr Rutt who said: ‘It gave the students an opportunity to find out about what it was like to live in the Middle Ages which is part of the topic that we are currently looking at this term. They completed workbooks and took part in the interactive displays which included being imprisoned in stocks, sitting on the quintain horse, wearing iron helmets and touching chain mail armour which is surprisingly heavy. The students were commended on their excellent behaviour and it was a real educational experience for them.’