Year 7 spent a day at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday March 7th. Despite the relatively long journey, the palace is one of the best examples of Tudor and late Stuart architecture in the country, and its history fits snuggly into our common entrance curriculum in Years 7 and 8.
Pupils were treated to a tour of the Tudor parts of the property by their very own Tudor-costumed guide, who explained how the palace was used by the various Kings and Queens that used it as a principal residence, as well as helping to recap how religion over the period swung between the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and the new Protestant faith.
After the tour, Year 7 were given free rein to explore; splitting into groups to visit the Young Henry VIII Exhibition, William III’s apartments and the Tudor kitchens.
As a bonus, a few pupils and Mr Dieppe were also lucky enough to find the Real Tennis Courts open and in use – with the World Number three in action!
Year 7 were impeccably behaved and a credit to Winterfold. It was great for them to get out of the classroom and see some living history.