History students at Manchester Academy were thrilled to receive a Historic England Heritage Schools plaque, recognising their hard work investigating local heritage.
To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, students from 10 local Heritage Schools, including Manchester Academy, explored key people and historic sites linked to the Suffrage movement in Manchester.
Students worked together to produce some amazing displays which were exhibited at Manchester Central Library earlier this year.
Head of History Ms Dhillon said: “Manchester Academy has been involved in the Heritage Schools programme for a number of years and this has enabled students to develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.
“Projects have focused on the local area, including Whitworth Park, the role of the Suffrage movement and key individuals from Moss Side. Students have developed a sense of pride in where they live and how their local heritage relates to the national story. We are delighted that the students’ hard work and dedication has received official recognition, with the Academy becoming an Historic England heritage school.”
Daisy Horsley, Local Heritage Education Manager, North West, explained that all schools which take part in the Heritage Schools programme and attend CPDs/facilitate exciting and sustainable local history studies in the classroom – are entitled to the Heritage Schools plaque. Ms Dhillon has attended a number of CPD events, as well as carrying out local history projects in the classroom, including a study of the suffrage movement.
Ms Horsley said: “It is fantastic to see another school in Manchester receive a Historic England, Heritage Schools plaque. This plaque is awarded in recognition of the hard work that teachers and students have carried out in investigating their local history and heritage. I am confident that Manchester Academy will continue to embed local history into its curriculum and would like to congratulate all involved!”