Ac­co­lade for pupils who take pride in their his­tory

Leicester Mercury - - News - By STAFF RE­PORTER

A SCHOOL’s cre­ative ap­proach to teach­ing lo­cal his­tory has earned it an award from His­toric Eng­land.

Belvoirdale Pri­mary School, Colav­ille, has re­ceived the Her­itage Schools Award.

Sup­ported by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, the award recog­nises those schools which pro­mote lo­cal his­tory in the cur­ricu­lum.

Most re­cently, the school has been sup­port­ing North West Le­ices­ter­shire District Coun­cil’s Coalville Clock Tower Project, which is work­ing with her­itage groups to re­store the land­mark and bring its story of to life for res­i­dents.

Us­ing soft­ware, pupils drew up de­signs for the town’s Me­mo­rial Square fea­tur­ing peace gar­dens and sculp­tures, to­gether with swim­ming pools and, of course, bet­ter wi-fi links.

The school’s award re­flects the in­flu­ence of head teacher Richard Dax who, since tak­ing up the post in 2016, has cel­e­brated the rich his­tory of Coalville by de­sign­ing a cur­ricu­lum that links lo­cal his­tory with wider his­toric events.

He said: “It is vi­tal that chil­dren un­der­stand the role lo­cal his­tory plays in their de­vel­op­ment.

Is­mail Dale, from English Her­itage, said: “This award from His­toric Eng­land is to con­grat­u­late Belvoirdale Pri­mary School on their com­pre­hen­sive en­gage­ment with lo­cal his­tory and her­itage groups, and with spe­cial recog­ni­tion of the work un­der­taken with Coalville Her­itage So­ci­ety.”

Steve Duck­worth, chair­man of the Coalville Her­itage So­ci­ety, said: “It was a priv­i­lege for the Coalville Her­itage So­ci­ety to work with the chil­dren at Belvoirdale and His­toric Eng­land.

“It was won­der­ful that the chil­dren had such a good un­der­stand­ing of their her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment which is en­cour­ag­ing for the fu­ture of the lo­cal her­itage.”

Mr Duck­worth and fel­low her­itage so­ci­ety mem­ber Stu­art War­bur­ton are cur­rently work­ing with pupils from years five and six at Belvoirdale to dis­cover the re­mark­able jour­ney of the Pal­i­toy fac­tory, in Coalville, and its con­nec­tion to the Star Wars toys of the 1970s and 1980s. PROUD DAY: Belvoirdale Pri­mary School head teacher Richard Dax, right, Stu­art War­bur­ton, from Coalville Her­itage So­ci­ety, cen­tre, and Is­mail Dale, from His­toric Eng­land, with pupils Lilly Bead­man, Har­vey Tay­lor-Beck, El­lie-Mae Vann, Cole Keen, Layla Preston, Ja­cob Bonser, Jagoda Drozdz, Alba Row­bot­tom, Chloe Up­ton, Ruby Tay­lor and Carter McTurk

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