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Waddesdon Manor making space for young minds

New education and learning room at The Stables at Waddesdon Manor - pictured is Sarah Dewberry with a class from Quainton School

New education and learning room at The Stables at Waddesdon Manor - pictured is Sarah Dewberry with a class from Quainton School

Waddesdon Manor’s new education space is providing interactive teaching programmes for primary school children.

The newly renovated room above the stables courtyard, which took three months to complete, has created a learning space for up to 60 pupils.

Pupils aged five-11 are taught by Sarah Dewberry and Lydia Etherington, both 28, whose all-day workshops include tours of the 19th Century house and its grounds.

Miss Dewberry, a former primary school teacher, said: “We currently have three workshops for kids to have fun with fairy tales and tour the house to explore Victorian life.

“We also have a workshop to explore the plants in the gardens and we hunt for bugs.”

Classes cover subjects of literacy, art, history, maths and science and all have links with current Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculums.

From June, additional workshops will incorporate Roman mosaic and 18th Century sculpture exhibitions at the house.

Miss Dewberry said schools from Bucks, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire have all expressed an interest.

She said: “It’s gone well so far. We’ve had quite a few for the fairy tales workshop!

“We had two groups before Christmas and have 13 booked in for the coming weeks.”

The house, which was built in the style of a French château in 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, has featured in Downton Abbey as the exterior of fictional Haxby Park.

A workshop costs £2 per pupil plus entrance fees which is free with an Education Group Membership (EGM).

The membership also entitles schools to free entry at any National Trust property for a year.

 

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