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Tatton Park receives Sandford Award for the eighth time

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Tatton Park has been awarded with the Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education for the eighth consecutive time.

The historic estate in rural Cheshire East is one of a small number of UK heritage attractions to receive this prestigious award in 2015.  The award is jointly managed by Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln and the Heritage Education Trust.

Winners will be recognised at a special ceremony to take place in November.

The award’s assessors commented “Tatton Park has been a very attractive school visit location for many years. The staff continue to update their provision for schools regularly and ensure that they keep up to date with the National Curriculum. There is a wide variety of appropriate visits available for school groups of all ages and for many subjects that can be covered by a school visit there.  It is definitely to be recommended.”

Over 15,000 pupils per year come on a school education visit to Tatton. The estate’s range of existing historic buildings and its rich archaeological evidence left by earlier inhabitants enable pupils to really engage with history through a varied programme of education sessions for different Key Stages from foundation to A-Level. Based in the parkland, old hall, mansion and the 1940s working farm they include living history programmes (for example Anglo Saxon, Victorian and Tudor); site tours around the historic properties; themed study tours for younger visitors (for example. Cinderella, Old Macdonald and Beatrix Potter); activity based hands-on history days (for example. Medieval and Viking), environmental days with the Rangers team and literature sessions for secondary schools. Tatton’s education team were externally observed and assessed for eligibility for the award.

Laura Armitage, Learning and Visitor Services Manager commented “We are absolutely delighted with this accolade as we continue to develop and provide an outstanding choice of learning experiences. We are blessed with an immense historic and natural resource at Tatton which enables us to respond creatively and positively to opportunities for people to learn here. It’s a real team effort and schools can look forward to a new range of learning opportunities for 2016/16. “

Brendan Flanagan, Head of Countryside, Culture and Visitor Economy , commented “Yet another Sandford award for excellence in education is a tremendous achievement. I know how much hard work goes into this and what a significant difference our learning provision makes to both young people and adult learners alike. Our offer is of a national standing and this award, recognising the great work done by the team, is well deserved”.

For full information about Tatton’s programme of learning activities visit www.tattonpark.org.uk or call the education department on 01625 374428.

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department      Tel: 01625 374447 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk www.tattonpark.org.uk

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 850,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision