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Homes Long Ago, KS1 at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Learning

Sandford Award for Heritage Education: Winners 2012

We are proud to announce that Gressenhall has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education for our work with schools.

The judge’s assessment of our learning programme concludes that ‘Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse offers and active and fun schools learning programme for all ages. The hands on sessions engage and inspire school groups.’

Schools Programmes & Teachers’ Resources

Click on the links for information on topics available and for teachers’ resources.

Schools Programmes:

- KS1 and 2

- KS3


If you would like something different then please contact us to discuss developing a tailor made package to suit your curriculum needs.


Click the images to view short films about our schools events:

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Key Stage 2 - Victorian Events

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Key Stage 3 - Geography Day

Risk Assessments

Click the links to download the following Risk Assessments:

- Farm Health and Safety
- Road Crossing

- Group Safety at Water Margins
- School Visits

What’s New

New for KS2 – Workhouse Whodunnit?

click here for more information on Workhouse Whodunnit

Click the image for more information on this fascinating new event day for years 5 and 6.


Gressenhall’s learning volunteers or Mardlers help to deliver high quality learning sessions to children and young people of all ages and abilities. Learning volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities - everything from being an ‘ugly sister’ helping young children explore the farm and farmhouse in our ‘Once Upon A Time’ event to introducing High School students to the good and bad points of the Victorian workhouse.

No qualifications are necessary but some experience of working with children or young people is essential (you do not necessarily need to be a teacher - just have some previous experience). The most important thing is enthusiasm and a desire to help children learn.

If you are interested in joining the Mardler team, complete the application form below and we will get back to you. Please return to Jan Pitman (Learning Manager), Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Dereham, NR20 4DR or email to

Click the link below to download a volunteer application form

- Learning volunteer application form

Contact Us

Email Jan Pitman (Learning Manager) or telephone 01362 869251

Read more

Attending a Family Learning Numeracy Course is what encouraged me to get a job…It gave me the confidence.

We had a broad spectrum of ability (amongst the pupils) and the visit catered for all of these and gave us a few surprises – i.e. the children who asked and answered questions were not necessarily the ones we expected.