Norfolk pupils share stories of their historic heroes for competition

Bella Riley-Smith, Maisie Moxon, Oliver Riley-Smith and Maddy Wright, winners of the History Heroes

Bella Riley-Smith, Maisie Moxon, Oliver Riley-Smith and Maddy Wright, winners of the History Heroes competition held at Langley School. - Credit: Archant

Pupils from two Norfolk schools have taken to the stage to talk about their historic heroes.

Nelson Mandela. Johnny Green/PA Wire

Nelson Mandela. Johnny Green/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The final of the third annual Year 8 History Heroes competition was held at Langley School, near Loddon, with pupils from Langley and Beeston Hall School in West Runton, near Cromer, going head to head.

Pupils from each school were encouraged to submit a short entry about who they judged to be their history hero, and the entries were then whittled down to a shortlist of three competitors from each school.

The final, held on Tuesday, saw each pupil talking for five minutes about their chosen hero, before answering questions posed by members of the audience.

First place went to Oliver Riley-Smith from Beeston Hall School, who spoke about Charles Darwin.


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In second place was Maddy Wright from Langley School, who spoke about Nelson Mandela.

Third place went to Maisie Moxon from Beeston Hall School, who spoke about Thomas Becket.

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The judges also awarded a highly commended entry which came from Bella Riley-Smith from Beeston Hall School, who spoke about Emmeline Pankhurst.

Each of the winners received a certificate, trophy and a book token.

Iain Felton, head of history, government and politics at Langley School said: 'This was a gifted and talented event which aimed to encourage and promote the excellent standard of historical knowledge and understanding witnessed in Norfolk schools and across the country.'

Is your school taking part in a competition? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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