May 05, 2023

The Coronation 2023

Saturday 6th May 2023 marks one of the most historical events in British history; the coronation of our new monarch HRH King Charles III.

All across Leicestershire, schools from the Lionheart Educational Trust have been celebrating in their own exciting and innovative way in the run up to the occasion, with the highlights including:

The Cedars Academy in Birstall put on a special themed menu in the canteen, for students and staff alike to enjoy. The students also took part in an innovative Design and Technology lesson, where they worked collaboratively to produce a magnificent coronation-themed display for the school.

It was ‘non-stop action at Humphrey Perkins with a plethora of enthralling activities. The school hosted Barrow-Upon-Soar’s Village Fete where Associate Principal, Mrs Bartram, judged a Royal Fancy Dress Competition.

Local MP Jane Hunt then arrived on Thursday 4th May for a very special event where, to commemorate the coronation of a new monarch, the students buried their own time-capsule next to an existing one from the Queen’s 1953 coronation. Buried in a field opposite the school, the new capsule included a letter from MP Hunt herself. Things got musical too, with a collection of students playing a variety of instruments - including guitars, flutes violins and cellos - in the Barrow Coronation Concert at the local church. And on top of all this, school staff enjoyed their very own Coronation ‘street’ party in the school grounds.

Beauchamp College in Oadby hosted a ‘tutor-room decoration’ competition, inviting students to decorate their form room door in honour of the monarchy. The winning form – a year 7 class – were then treated to a coronation-themed party. The excitement didn’t stop there, though, as Beauchamp also hosted a commemorative plate art competition after school. Students were invited to decorate paper plates, incorporating the colours red, white and blue and celebrating the monarchy.

Things then took a culinary turn at Martin High School, with students being invited to design their own coronation cake. They also promoted a ‘dress down day’ with pupils being encouraged to bring in a financial contribution for charity to wear red, white and blue.

At Highcliffe Primary School, pupils took a creative approach to coronation celebrations. The children had the opportunity to design and create their very own royal crown which they later wore during an afternoon parade around the playground. In between that excitement there was just enough to time to grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake which were ably provided by the PTA.

A host of young royal visitors descended on Brocks Hill Primary School as the children marked this weekend’s monumental occasion by dressing up as kings and queens. The children enjoyed an assembly led by ‘royal visitors’ and activities in class included computer design of a palace in IT, crown making in art and a royal treasure hunt.

Name a more ‘British’ dish that hot dogs, chips and ice-cream? Well, that’s what the children of Broom Leys Primary enjoyed during their coronation-themed party in the superbly decorated dining hall. In between sizable bites of ice-cream, the children were up dancing along to ‘Land of Hope and Glory!’

All in all, it was a phenomenal effort from our collection of schools. Demonstrating the Trust core values, students and staff came together to celebrate the coronation in style!