Cherwell youngsters are set to step 400 years back in time for a book about local history thanks to a new partnership between Sanctuary Housing and Steeple Aston Village Archive Trust (SAVA).
Children from Dr Radcliffe’s Primary School in Steeple Aston will be delving into the past of their village school through an exciting project following a donation of £5,000 to SAVA from Sanctuary’s Cherish Cherwell Fund.
The cash donation will allow the young pupils and school staff to bring SAVA’s 2005 history exhibition – which traced the development of local education from its foundation in 1640 to the present day – up-to-date.
The 2005 exhibition told the story of education in the village over centuries gone by, with sections on curriculum, school meals, school buildings, discipline and teachers.
Sanctuary’s grant will be used to add some examples of current school practices and initiatives, using the ideas of both children and staff.
The material will then feature in a new SAVA history exhibition, which is planned for November 2014, before being published in the Trust’s very own book. Sanctuary has also provided funding for a scheme which is allowing children from Class Four at the school to take part in a mapping project.
Pupils are taking time exploring the village and recording different features they see. The results will also be on show in the SAVA exhibition.