St Ann’s becomes town’s first ‘Heritage School’

Young historians in the making have helped their school become the first in Warrington to achieve special recognition from Historic England.

St Ann’s CE Primary School teamed up with Warrington Museum to work towards the Heritage Schools Award by exploring their town’s history in depth.

Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme, funded by the Department for Education, provides free support for teachers to help them embed local history into their curriculum.

The aim is to help children understand their heritage and develop a greater sense of pride in where they grow up.

Amanda Moore, Warrington Museum’s Education Officer, led on the project at St Ann’s – working alongside the school and Historic England staff to host a series of engaging workshops about Warrington’s past.

She said: “It has been wonderful to work with Historic England, schools and our archivist to uncover fascinating facts about Warrington and show how to use this knowledge to enhance schools’ curriculums across the borough.”

Budding historians at St Ann’s used maps and information about old buildings to step back in time and put Warrington’s identity into a wider context.

They also looked at Warrington’s role in the Second World War using the town’s memorials to explore its impact.

Headteacher Kate Keen said: “We are extremely proud to be the first school in Warrington to achieve this award.

“It is a testament to our commitment to excellence. The award recognises the importance we place on children learning about the heritage of our town in an engaging way that fosters a deep appreciation of the past.”

Daisy Horsley, Heritage Schools Programme Manager for the north west, added: “We are delighted to be able to award St Ann’s Primary School a Heritage Schools Award.

“It is great to see pupils engaging with and enjoying the history and heritage on their doorstep and gaining a sense of place and a connection to where they live and go to school.”