School Celebrates Lottery Funding

Daily Gazette and Essex County Standard:
‘CHILDREN are embarking on a project to unravel 125 years of their school’s history.

North Primary School in Colchester was awarded cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.

Teachers and pupils will work with historian Claire Driver, to explore the school’s archive at Essex Record Office, which includes maps, architectural plans, photographs, log books and admission registers.

The school also plans to hold events and open days in which they will invite current and former staff, pupils, families and older residents, to help it identify its social history and its place in the community.

Head teacher Alan Garnett said: “This amazing building has seen so many wonderful people pass through it and I am looking forward to learning their stories with our pupils. Not only will it be informative for them, it will a fascinating lesson in the important part a school plays in the formative life of a child, its family and their community. A history to which they will be inspired to make their own contribution.”‘