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Leeds Castle News29 January 2018

Leeds Castle Wins Sandford Award for Education

Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

The annual awards focus on curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites, and in 2017 Leeds Castle received the award for their educational workshops and tours. The head judge of the awards described the workshops as, “a service which goes from strength to strength. The programme is varied and interesting with strong links to the National Curriculum and with clear aims and objectives. It is firmly grounded in the Castle’s long and varied history and the workshops are delivered by knowledgeable and well-trained staff.”

Leeds Castle welcomed over 14,000 children from 320 schools in 2017 – a significant increase from the previous year. For several years now Castle staff have delivered these educational sessions and talks to schools visiting from the UK, Europe and all over the world, and the sessions are continuing to grow in popularity thanks to their themed educational topics and fun-packed itineraries.

Of the 12 workshops and talks available, the most popular by far in 2017 was the Swan Princess workshop, which 90 schools chose to do. The Swan Princess is a workshop appropriate for all levels of Key Stage 1, and is told by members of the Leeds Castle Education team while pupils dress up as the characters in a story and act it out at their own level. Other workshops that were extremely popular last year were The Potted History of Leeds Castle, Field of Cloth of Gold, From Cave to Castle and Sybil.

As part of Leeds Castle’s charitable mission, they offer special subsidised rates to schools from Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and London.