Students at Corby’s Lodge Park Academy take part in World War I poetry competition

Friday, July 6, 2018

Students and staff at Corby’s Lodge Park Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, welcomed members of the Corby Royal British Legion to an assembly marking the culmination of a World War I poetry competition.

During the assembly, which was delivered by Gareth Price and Liz Harries from Corby’s Royal British Legion branch, ten students were invited to read out their creative pieces.

The winning poem, which was written by Year 7student, Poppy Nelson, will be displayed within a wreath presented by the Royal British Legion, as part of a special ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium later this year.

A copy of the ten shortlisted poems were also handed out to attendees of ‘100 minutes for 100 years’, a free event held at the Corby Core Theatre to pay tribute to members of our armed forces.

As part of their visit to the academy, Gareth and Liz were then joined by members of the academy’s Combined Cadet Forces as they held a minute’s silence in honour of former students, Crafstman Alex Shaw and Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

Craftsman Alex Shaw of The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attended Lodge Park Academy in the 1970s. Sadly, on 13th June 1982, just hours before the Argentines surrendered in the Falklands, he was one of the last individuals to lose his life.

Lance Corporal Ashworth, who sadly lost his life in Afghanistan on 13thJune 2012, was awarded a Victoria Cross posthumously in May 2013 in recognition of his extraordinary courage.

Meena Wood, Principal at Lodge Park Academy, said: “We have been extremely pleased to see so many of our students putting their time and effort into producing such moving poems as part of the competition.

“There was also a fitting tribute held for Alex and James as part of our assembly. We are all very proud of both Alex and James, and their memory will forever live on at Lodge Park Academy.

“We would like to thank Gareth and Liz from the Royal British Legion for both taking the time to visit our academy.”


The legacy of Crafstman Alex Shaw and Lance Corporal James Ashworth continues as more students than ever before are joining the academy’s Combined Cadet Force.

Meeting regularly, students have the unique opportunity to develop their skills for the future, with the support of dedicated officers in charge. As a recognised national programme, the Combined Cadet Force provides students with real qualifications to help enhance their UCAS applications and CVs.

Michelle Lea, Contingent Commander at Lodge Park Academy, said: “It is wonderful to see so many of our students taking part in our Combined Cadet Force. It is a fantastic way for them to experience first-hand how members of the Forces work and train, as well as providing them with an insight into a potential career.

“Even though our students may not continue their career within the Forces, the training they receive throughout the programme builds their confidence and teaches them new skills.”

If you would like to find out more about the Combined Cadet Force at Lodge Park Academy, please contact 01536 203 817 or email