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West Sussex school celebrate 400th anniversary
5:00pm Monday 22nd July 2013 in News
A school is preparing to celebrate its 400th anniversary next year.
Steyning Grammar School is creating a hand-sewn quilt to show the history of Steyning in 400 years.
The Heritage Quilt project has received £5,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is being created by members of the local community.
Project leader and the school's arts faculty leader Amanda Duke said: “I am thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and confident the project will support local residents and young people in the school.
”The aim of the project is to allow all participants to research, learn and enjoy the 400 year history of Steyning Grammar School and its context in the town.
Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: “This project will enable the school community and the town, to discover aspects of the history they both share and to illustrate it in a unique format that itself exemplifies the use of traditional crafts and skills.”
In 1614, William Holland, a wealthy merchant from Steyning left funds in his will for the foundations and maintenance of a free grammar school.
The school, which once had one master and no more than 50 boys with six boarders, today has more than 2,000 students and about 100 teachers.
There will be more events to mark the anniversary between autumn 2013 and summer 2014.
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