Primary school children in uniform, on a sunny day, hold aloft creative pictures next to a historic Great Yarmouth town wall.
Pupils from St George's Primary and Nursery School exploring Burgh Castle © St George's Primary and Nursery School
Pupils from St George's Primary and Nursery School exploring Burgh Castle © St George's Primary and Nursery School

Historic England Selects St George's Primary And Nursery School In Great Yarmouth For New Heritage Award

St George’s Primary and Nursery School in Great Yarmouth has been selected for a prestigious new Champion Heritage School Award by Historic England in recognition of its commitment and excellence in teaching pupils about their local heritage.

The school is one of only eight across the country to receive the accolade and was chosen on account of the inspiring work it has undertaken through Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme.

St George’s Primary and Nursery School is a thriving multi-cultural community school situated in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.

It was one of the very first schools to join the Heritage Schools Programme at the start of the pilot in 2012.

The wonderful head teacher and staff of this warm, caring school have embraced every opportunity to engage with and embed local heritage and culture into their teaching and to celebrate what is special about the town their children live in. Ambitious projects from films, murals and heritage treasure trails; whole school research into First World War heritage and welcoming back of a refurbished school memorial plaque are just a few highlights. The school has played a key part in supporting Heritage Schools and has built a strong partnership with other schools and local cultural and heritage organisations.

As a Champion Heritage School, St George’s Primary and Nursery School will work with Historic England over the coming year through the Heritage Schools programme 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, St George’s Primary and Nursery School will receive £1,000 to support this work.

As this is the first year of Champion Heritage Schools, teachers and pupils at St George’s Primary and Nursery School will play a key role in shaping the scheme’s activities and its future development. Such activities could include testing new local heritage education resources, developing a panel of young heritage ambassadors and sharing best practice in heritage teaching.

I’m really looking forward to working with St George’s Primary and Nursery 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.

Kate Argyle, Local Heritage Education Manager (East of England) Historic England

At St. George’s we feel we are not just a school but a family - we see the wider town, its community and heritage as part of that family. I feel it is an honour to have been nominated to be a Champion Heritage School and I am extremely pleased that the hard work of the staff, children, parents, governors and community partners has been recognised at a national level. We look forward to helping inspire others to get involved and enjoy their local heritage too.

Ms Melodie Fearns, Head Teacher St George's Primary and Nursery School
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