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Northamptonshire’s Boughton House has been awarded the Sandford Award for education provision at a formal ceremony in the Tower of London. Boughton’s Property Manager, Charles Lister, accepted the award from the Heritage Education Trust on behalf of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust after the House maintained the award for its thirtieth year.

Boughton welcomes students of all ages to the House and wider Estate and continues to hold the Sandford Award ‘kite mark’, recognised by schools and other education institutions across the UK.

Charles Lister, Property Manager at Boughton House, said: “We are very proud to be among the ranks of Sandford Award winners. We feel that it is important that such provision is independently assessed so that we can be sure that not only schools and other educational bodies get exactly what they want, but that we are constantly looking to improve our work. 

The Sandford Award is reviewed every five years and we are proud to have maintained that standard since 1988, when it was first awarded.  Boughton is a very special and historically significant landmark, and it is an honour to share its history and heritage with our younger generations.

“From opportunities for pre-school pupils to explore our parks and Garden, to in-depth studies of the 18th century environment for older pupils and specialist university visits, there is a wealth of history and heritage to uncover, enjoy and discuss.”

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education, which marked its 40th anniversary this year. The Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh, Worcester Cathedral, London Transport Museum and the Tower of London itself are among the other historic locations to hold the award.

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