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St Albans Cathedral Education Centre proudly team up with Heathlands School to create unique artworks

St Albans Cathedral’s award-winning Education Centre team have embarked on a new project with Heathlands, a St Albans based school for children with hearing impairment.

As part of the project the pupils from Heathlands have attended the Cathedral to learn about its history, and to sketch various parts of the building. Using this as inspiration, the pupils created a clay-based piece of art to reflect their thoughts, feelings and reactions to the Cathedral, some of which have been presented through artistic sign language.

Helen Wilson, a teacher from Heathlands School, said “We were very excited to be asked to take part in the exhibition and students have loved the opportunity of learning about history of the Abbey and thinking how it could be incorporated into their designs for the project.”

This special project is a first for the Education Centre, which works with a schools from all over the Diocese and beyond, welcomed over 14,000 pupils to the Cathedral for a variety of activities in 2013. Education Officer, Steve Clarke, said that “I am delighted that Heathlands School was able to take part in this project with us. This is the first time we have worked with a school in such a way, and the children produced some fantastic artwork, which they were thrilled to see on display in the Cathedral”.

St Albans Cathedral Education Centre offers the Cathedral as an educational resource reaching across the National Curriculum. Led by a core team of qualified and experienced teachers, they work with groups from across the key stages, from all backgrounds and all levels of ability. Their belief in quality teaching for all and efforts to develop activity trails and workshops means that young visitors enjoy themselves and are enriched, inspired and affirmed in this very special place.

Notes:

  • St Albans Cathedral Education were awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education for the sixth time in 2013, in recognition of their commitment to high quality, interactive teaching.
  • Heathlands School is a special school for deaf children. Though based in St Albans it serves as a regional resource for students from across the south and east of England.  Last summer Heathlands celebrated the highest GCSE results (A*- C including English and Maths) of schools for deaf children nationally.
  • This exhibition has now finished. Information on this event can be found on the Past Exhibitions page.  

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