Knole's award-winning education programme

Stone Court provides the perfect introduction to a day's learning at Knole

In being awarded the prestigious Sandford Award, run by the Heritage Education Trust, Knole's schools' learning programmes and activities have been recognised four times, for their quality and excellence at an historic site in the UK and Ireland.

The learning team have recently been awarded the Sandford Award for the fourth time. This prestigious award recognises the excellence of Knole’s diverse and high-quality heritage learning programme.

2017's judge, Irene Davies, was greatly impressed by the learning programmes on offer at Knole, which she felt ‘keeps abreast of best practice while delivering elements of the new National Curriculum’.

Students can enjoy bespoke visits and house tours arranged around a particular theme
A secondary school visit at Knole
Students can enjoy bespoke visits and house tours arranged around a particular theme

Learning about the Tudors

Some 2,000 schoolchildren, from the age of 5 to 18, visit Knole every year. They learn about its 600-year-old history and how rich and poor people would have lived and worked in the house during the Tudor period.

The house is brought to life by the students dressing up in high-quality Tudor costumes and discovering how the Tudors lived through a comprehensive handling collection of (largely replica) Tudor objects.

Visiting schools also explore the courtyards and park. They spend a memorable day travelling back to Tudor times and experiencing how it would have felt to live and work at Knole hundreds of years ago.

" I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you so much for a wonderful day. The guides were amazing and kept our children enthralled by the history and knowledge of the house. It was pitched perfectly for all the year groups. The children have been so engaged with their learning and understanding of 'their' house - it was really an enriching experience for them."
- Headteacher at Lunsford Primary School

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