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Headmistress Sally North invites children to step back in time and experience first-hand a day at a real Victorian school.

Miss NorthThe school building was built in 1840.

It was used as a local Authority school until 1992 and was then acquired by Tom and Sally North. They have restored it as closely as possible to how it would have been in Victorian times. For example, it is once again heated by a coal fired "Tortoise" stove and lit by an oil lamp.

The school was featured in the BBC TV Landmark series on Victorian Childhood.

Sally (left) has run the school as head-mistress since 1994 and many thousands of children have benefited from free school visits.

Comments from teachers:

Thank you so much for allowing us to visit yesterday. Crossing the threshold of your school is like stepping back in time; you provide an utterly immersive experience of living history and we could not be more grateful to you for your time and efforts. Once again you have given my pupils a day to remember for years to come.
From the lessons in class, to the outdoor play, you truly bring the Victorian era to life for the children, which enriches their learning immensely. From start to finish the children are captivated by you and the activities you plan and they really begin to understand what life must have felt like for children in the 19th century. Upon returning to modern life, some children have asked for lessons to be taught in a Victorian style every day; several of the boys have asked whether they may really leave school, aged 10, to take on apprenticeships as blacksmiths; and all the children have requested dip pens and ink pots!
Today, I have received comments and an email from parents saying how excited the children were when they got home yesterday and how highly they spoke of their time at Gt Gressingham Victorian School. We have had the privilege of visiting you twice now, and I do hope you will allow us to visit again in the future. Visiting you is the highlight of our year.

JF November 2021

Right from the start, you captivated the children who clearly enjoyed playing the role of obedient Victorian scholars. The schoolroom and museum are magical and exude your enthusiasm for the subject and your passion for enabling children to re-live history. FB Year 6

I have been bringing classes to you over the past six or seven years ... Your knowledge, your resources and your skills make a visit to you a must for any cohort of children studying this period of history. JS

Your commitment to the school and bringing the past to the present is inspirational. Many thanks. SBC

Thanks so much for such a wonderful visit to your Victorian School ... myself and my colleagues were impressed by the depth of the collection of period objects, the well thought out activities and the authenticity of the whole experience. CD

Having had utterly outstanding visits to your school over the past two years, we would very much like to book another visit. DP

Tel: 01328 838230 (day/eve)
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