Life Skills students (students with learning difficulties and disabilities) from Adult Education worked with Jim Barrow, Director / Trustee of the Newhampton Arts Centre. They looked at the history of the plane trees that were planted in Old Hall Street in 1920 to commemorate ex-students of the Higher Grade School, (now Adult Education Wolverhampton) who lost their lives in the Great War.
On the 10th of November 1920 a log book entry reads: "Today the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough, together with the deputy mayor and other officials conducted the ceremony of the planting in connection with the school. Twelve trees were planted by scholars in Old Hall Street in memory of past scholars who had given their lives for their king and country during the great European War."
The eight trees that stand at Old Hall Street are believed to be what remains of those planted in 1920.
As part of this terms theme to celebrate Equality and Diversity, Life Skills students researched and designed a commemorative plaque in honour of those who died in World War One. The original plaque that was situated at the former Higher Grade School has since been lost.
The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page unveiled the artwork at an event on Tuesday 13th November 2018 in commemoration of the 100 Year Centenary.
VIP's attending also include: The Mayoress, Mrs Elaine Hadley-Howell
Meredith Teasdale Director of Education, Cllr Lynne Moran Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Linda Leach, Labour Bilston North.
As part of the exhibition that currently stands (November 2018) in the Foyer reception space, Life Skills student attending the 'Keep Moving' classes researched the meaning and history of Remembrance. During the sessions the groups created giant sized poppies and beautifully decorated historic world war poetry.