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New College Leicester Awarded Heritage School Status

New College Leicester has been awarded a prestigious national accreditation for our work in teaching local history. We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Heritage School Status from Historic England.   

The award recognises New College’s ongoing commitment to teaching local history and working in partnership with local heritage organisations. 

The award application was made by Head of Diversity at New College Leicester, Mr Haroon Mansoor. In his previous role as Head of History, Mr Mansoor consistently ensured local history was at the heart of the history curriculum and everything the school has done over the past five years. 

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Mr Mansoor comments: “At New College Leicester we have engaged with Historic England extensively through training and trips. We have a local History walking tour that Year 7 go on to bring local history to life and all students at New College start their history lessons by looking at the ‘Story of Leicester’ which took inspiration from the fantastic website produced by Leicester City Council. The topic looks at 2000 years of local history and even includes the building of New Parks and surrounding areas!’’

“It is important that the students see that historic events took place in Leicester. History happened here, it is not something distant that we cannot relate to. The Romans were here as well as the Normans and Saxons.  We made sure to include how Leicester has played its part in the history of Britain through the curriculum.”

Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme is part of a range of cultural education work funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Local Heritage Education Managers work with clusters of schools across the country to co-ordinate training, offer curriculum support and broker partnerships with local heritage providers.

Ismail Dale, Local Heritage Education Manager from Historic England comments: “The students speaking about what they have enjoyed learning about with local history was fantastic. The work at New College embodies everything the award is about.”

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