Lessons in Victorian ways

VICTORIAN TIMES: Pupils and staff at S. Anselm's Preparatory School, Bakewell.
VICTORIAN TIMES: Pupils and staff at S. Anselm's Preparatory School, Bakewell.

Children dressed up in period costumes to step back in time to life more than 100 years ago.

Pre-prep pupils at S. Anselm’s Preparatory School, Bakewell, undertook their lessons in true Victorian style; sitting in rows, facing the front and practising the 3 Rs on chalk boards. Much chanting was done to reinforce their times tables and anyone caught fidgeting ended up wearing the back brace or the dunce’s cap.

As part of the day, Year 2 took a trip around the school, finding out about how things had changed over the years.

Many of the artefacts borrowed from the school archives gave an interesting and informative insight into what school was like in bygone days.

The children enjoyed looking at old photos of the school and comparing them with the changes that have taken place.

Lisa Donnelly, head of S. Anselm’s Pre-prep department, said: “This was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all and we’d like to express our sincere thanks to all of the staff involved and the Old House Museum who kindly supplied us with some wonderful resources.”