High Weald

Contact Rachel

rachel bennington

Education Officer

Rachel is Education Officer and helps High Weald Hero schools integrate what's special about their local area and the outdoors into the curriculum.

email Rachel: rachel.bennington@highweald.org
Direct dial: 01580 879962

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What schools have said

Eddie Cottle, Headteacher, Brenchley & Matfield CEP School

'The Welly Walk was one of the most worthwhile pieces of study undertaken by the pupils and staff involved over this term'

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Paul Cox, Assistant Headteacher at Dallington Church of England Primary School

'At Dallington we are so lucky to be situated in an area of not only stunning beauty but an area rich in history. Through our links with the High Weald Hero partnership, the children have been fortunate enough to explore, investigate and better understand how and why the past has shaped their surroundings. They became so interested in the locality that we had to introduce a wide range of activities to ensure that we covered and answered all their questions. We have organised walks, held history weeks and parents' evenings, taken part in competitions, started a Conservation Club . . . Whether they know it or not, the children of today are walking on and shaping the history of their surroundings. Through our link with the High Weald Partnership we have been able to give them a detailed picture of that history.'

Julia Armstrong, Headteacher, Penshurst Church of England Primary School

'I am delighted to have been introduced to the High Weald Heroes Partnership. In 2007, we received our shield and have used it to highlight children who are seen behaving as heroes. This has included children who have been responsible for re-cycling, picking up litter and being aware of the nature in their environment. I have found the DVDs provided a wonderful resource and the visits by High Weald Education Officers have enlightened our knowledge of the area we live in.'

Eddie Cottle, Headteacher, Brenchley & Matfield CEP School

'The Welly Walk was one of the most worthwhile pieces of study undertaken by the pupils and staff involved over this term. Besides the benefits of the physical walking, both staff and pupils had a shared immediate experience of the local environment as we walked. This is a learning opportunity that could not be replicated in the classroom and the awe and wonder of the pupils as we progressed through the walk was evident. This will certainly become a regular annual (if not more) feature of the planned curriculum at Brenchley and Matfield.'

Jill Thewlis, Headteacher, Northiam Church of England Primary School

"I think it's very important the children learn about the High Weald.  If they understand and appreciate its past, they can help to protect it in the future."

Rhona Perry, Headteacher, The Meads School

"Learning outside the classroom is a priority for The Meads, this work enhances what we are doing and provides teaching staff at The Meads with a strong foundation for developing lesson plans that really work!"

J Tawse, Teacher, The Meads School

"Have just been looking at photos from our Welly Walk. It was brilliant, thank you so much. I can't believe we don't get outside more, you have inspired us to get muddy much more often!!"