School named as heritage champion

September 29 2020

A KINGSWOOD school is one of only eight in the country to receive a Champion Heritage School Award from Historic England.

Two Mile Hill children have learned a lot about their local area

The honour for Two Mile Hill Primary is in recognition of its commitment and excellence in teaching pupils about their local heritage.

The school has taken part in Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme for over three years. In each of these years they have dedicated a week to exploring their rich local history with children from every class in the school, from Reception to Year Six.

Projects covered range from the legend of a local buried elephant, to First World War soldiers to coal mining heritage. The children have welcomed a variety of visitors including former pupils and local historians.

Most classes have also had the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom by visiting local sites and museums. The children have shared their learning in a variety of ways including curating a school museum and creating film trailers for a particularly gruesome local story.

As a Champion Heritage School, Two Mile Hill Primary School will work with Historic England over the coming year to pilot a new school-led scheme, aimed at highlighting the importance of local heritage and how it can be integrated into a range of subjects. As part of the award, Two Mile Hill Primary School will receive £1,000.

Michael Gorely, local heritage education manager for Historic England in the South West, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Two Mile Hill Primary School over the next year to shape and deliver this new scheme. They are thoroughly deserving of Champion Heritage School status and will serve as an inspiration to other schools looking to incorporate local heritage into their curriculum.”

 Vickie Parker, history lead at Two Mile Hill Primary School, said: “We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to become a Champion Heritage School in the south west region. Our children have become really involved in the hands-on opportunities which have enabled them to bring their learning to life. Through encouraging them to engage with the community to find out more about what came before them, we believe that we are helping them to have a sense of belonging in their local area. We can't wait to get started.”