Two teachers and three pupils are smiling as they show an award they have won for their commitment to local heritage.
Teacher Vickie Parker, Deputy Head Tom Stack and pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary School receive their Champion Heritage School award © Two Mile Hill Primary School
Teacher Vickie Parker, Deputy Head Tom Stack and pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary School receive their Champion Heritage School award © Two Mile Hill Primary School

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Bristol Awarded Champion Heritage School Status

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Kingswood, Bristol, has been chosen as one of only eight Champion Heritage Schools in the country.

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Kingswood, Bristol 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.

We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to become a Champion Heritage School in the south west region. During the last five years, 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

Vickie Parker, History Lead Two Mill Hill Primary School

Two Mile Hill Primary School is a large multi-cultural school in the Kingswood area of Bristol and has been a Heritage School for over three years.

In each of these years they have dedicated a whole week to exploring their rich local history with children from every class in the school, from Reception to Year Six.

The range of projects covered has been extraordinary, from the legend of a local buried Elephant, to First World War Soldiers to Coal mining heritage, to name but three.

Each year the children have welcomed a variety of visitors including former pupils and local historians to enrich the children’s understanding of their local heritage.

Most classes have also had the opportunity to take their learning outside of 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!

They champion local heritage throughout their local network of schools and are delighted to be working with Historic England on the Champion Heritage Schools Scheme.

As a Champion Heritage School, Two Mile Hill Primary 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, Two Mile Hill Primary School will receive £1,000 to support this work.

As this is the first year of Champion Heritage Schools, teachers and pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary 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 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.

Michael Gorely, Heritage Schools Manager Historic England
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