Heritage Lottery Fund
We're Proud of our Heritage
Sevenoaks Primary School Association was awarded a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, ‘We’re Proud of Our Heritage’.
Please see below the Heritage Lottery Funding Press Release -
'We're Proud of Our Heritage' has been a project about instilling pride in Sevenoaks Primary School and a sense of belonging throughout our community. This project has preserved our heritage for posterity by capturing depictions of what has transpired on our school premises over the years. This enables the pupils to understand their heritage which may inspire them to build their own legacy."
Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, the project focused on the origins of the school from September 1951 till 14 July 2017, the final day the building was used as a school. Reminders of our Heritage have been scattered across the premises as;
- An oral history,
- Mural map of the premises,
- A timeline illustrating historic events of school, local and national significance between 1951 – 2017
- Word and image associations shaped into the school’s emblem
- Photographic evidence can be donated to decorate interior walls remembering those who went before us.
As a community school, we offer the pupils an all-round education enabling them to contribute to society, learn new skills and create strong community ties.
We were thrilled the National Lottery players have enabled us to win. A win that preserves our heritage and is timely in that the building that has served as a school was demolished in March 2018. The pupils of Sevenoaks Primary School have experienced what it is to leave behind a legacy as they prepare time capsules to be uncovered 60-70 years from now.
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill
BEFORE images & Progress of the ‘We’re Proud of Our Heritage Project’
In March 2018, a local art company, Animate Arts, paid the first of several visits to start development of the mural maps. Animate Arts returned for a few more workshops to design ideas and produce the maps with the pupils from years 1 -5.
This external wall, pictured below, soon featured a mural map depicting SPS at various points in history:
GeoMedia was commissioned to produce a vinyl timeline and displays capturing the heritage of the previous SPS school building. GeoMedia have engaged pupils from across the school while discussing the initial ideas using a memories worksheet. A selection of students met with Miss Fearfield, the Heritage Project Lead, to discuss dates of national, local and school significance that should feature on the timeline.
The interior wall that is referred to as our Heritage Wall features the vinyl timeline:
Filming of alumni, current pupils, staff and friends of the schools took place earlier in the academic year. We are immensely grateful to Mr Alistair Mitchell, a past parent of SPS and currently affiliated with Sevenoaks School, who has donated his time, providing filming equipment, training selected pupils in filming and filming the interviews which captured the oral history of SPS. Thank you to all who participated.