Victorian school

2013 Sandford Award for Heritage Education

Heritage Education Trust"This was my second visit to Great Cressingham Victorian School as I shadowed a school session five years ago in my role as Director. On that occasion and on my recent visit it was clear to me that the Victorian school programme the owner completely engages the attention and the imagination of the pupils (or scholars as they are referred to during the visit). The atmosphere is enhanced by the fact that the programme takes place in an authentic Victorian school and the owner and her helpers never come out of character. I myself was pressed into service as Miss Smart, Her Majesty's School's Inspector. The children were in costume and responded as instructed throughout the visit, despite the fact that they were exposed to a lot of alien ideas such as having to leave school at eleven and seek work, sometimes having to skip school to help the family income; writing with a slate pencil on a slate board; writing with ink and a dipped pen; and reciting improving Victorian aphorisms. Whilst the lesson proceeded, I looked through a large folder full of letters of appreciation, written by both pupils and teachers, and the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. One of the teachers said to me that the visit was one of the most important parts of the Victorian curriculum as the children remembered everything they had done on the day."

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SALLY NORTH, GREAT CRESSINGHAM VICTORIAN SCHOOL, THE STREET, GREAT CRESSINGHAM, IP25 6NL
Tel: 01328 838230 (day/eve)