Hartlepool school gets award for heritage work by pupils

Pupils from St Cuthbert's Primary School in Hartlepool celebrate becoming a Heritage School.

Pupils from St Cuthbert's Primary School in Hartlepool celebrate becoming a Heritage School.

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Pupils at a Hartlepool primary school have celebrated becoming a haven for heritage this summer.

St Cuthbert’s Primary School is now a heritage school and Viki Angel from Historic England and Sara Cooper from Northern Architecture visited the site to present them with their award.

Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme is a national scheme aiming to help school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

It supports both primary and secondary schools in using heritage resources and the built historic environment to enhance the school curriculum.

To achieve the award, children from Years 2 to 6 at St Cuthbert’s participated in a project researching aspects of Hartlepool’s heritage.

The children had a day out participating in a creative discovery walk, exploring and mapping a heritage trail on Hartlepool’s Headland.

They used photography, map making, drawing and 28 pairs of keen eyes to hunt down Hartlepool heritage.

Clues were followed and buildings and places of interest were inquired into, lead by Sara and Kate Percival, also of Northern Architecture.

The children investigated the geology, coastal features, buildings and human use of the area, to help them understand the story of why and how this place has developed over time.

They were then welcomed at both Mary Rowntrees and at St Hilda’s Church as part of their day of exploration.

Back at school, the children worked together to capture and represent their discoveries through discussion, printmaking, writing & sketching – with children aged six to 11 working together.