As a unique cultural and heritage venue, our bespoke educational offer is built on our core values as we strive to make a long-term contribution to the economic and social lives of our communities. We aim to do this through skills development, life-long learning, training, work placements, volunteering and employment.
All our learning opportunities are underpinned by an educational philosophy that promotes social inclusion and diversity. We aim to empower all learners, whatever their backgrounds, needs and preferences to enjoy a high quality of life by providing opportunities and raising aspirations through skills as well as personal development.
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Our innovative approach to education and community engagement work has been acknowledged by Historic Houses who awarded us the ‘Frances Garnham Award’ at their 2023 AGM.
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We will co-create with local schools to develop a comprehensive educational programme that supports and enriches mainstream provision to primary, secondary, tertiary, specialist schools and informal learning providers. Our current programme is organised into four strands:
Work Related Learning
We want to help young people put their learning into action in the real world through work placements, volunteering, work experience, internships and apprenticeships. We know how important it is to prepare young people for life after school and visiting us can support you in addressing students’ needs and meeting Gatsby Benchmarks.Learn More
We offer schools and learning providers the opportunity to work with us and tailor something unique for their students’ needs to enrich and enhance curricula. Whether it’s focusing on a single subject or cross-curricular – we ensure our young people are getting an experience they will benefit from and enjoy.Learn More
We love to get involved with partners in the UK and Europe to develop innovative, creative and fun projects to appeal to and involve our young people. Whether it’s music, film-making, digital skills or STEM, we have plenty of projects underway and planned for the future – let’s collaborate!Learn More
Wentworth Woodhouse Specials
We are unique and we have a unique offer! With such a wide variety of activities happening in the house from construction, catering and gardening to events, filmmaking and marketing – everything is a learning opportunity! We plan to use our distinct Grade I listed site to inspire unique educational programmes.Learn More
How do we achieve authentic learning experiences?
Collaborations – We want to involve young people in programmes that are of importance to Wentworth Woodhouse. Connecting on exciting projects such as Children’s Capital of Culture and European projects supporting the cultural and creative sector – all cultivating the changemakers of today and tomorrow.
Sustainability – We care about our planet and want to empower young people to care for their environment. From projects on biodiversity to sustainable development, we will learn to respect and care for our surroundings together.
Having Fun – We believe learning is about feeling good and having fun! We are creative, innovative and want everyone to enjoy a social learning experience that supports personal development, as well as making friends along the way.
Kirk Balk Academy students generate ideas on how Wentworth Woodhouse could appeal to young people.
Rawmarsh Community School students during a tour of the House.
Rawmarsh Community School students generate ideas on how Wentworth Woodhouse could appeal to young people.
Young people need opportunities in life to gain some real experience of the workplace and we are keen to support that through work placements, work experience, apprenticeships and internships. We know how important it is to prepare young people for life after school so visiting us can support you in addressing students’ needs and meeting Gatsby Benchmarks such as linking to the career curriculum, creating meaningful encounters with employers and experiencing a varied, vibrant and growing workplace.
We collaborate with the RNN Group, Rotherham Opportunities College, Barnsley College and other businesses such as construction companies like Birch to provide work and T Level placements for students. We are dedicated to providing these opportunities to students with additional educational needs and neurodivergence.
We have also co-created with tutors to provide Rotherham College A Level Graphics, Media or Photography students with a range of digital education projects that embed into their curricula. This year, we’re working with over 300 students from both Rotherham College and University Centre Rotherham and the curriculum areas have expanded to include Fashion, Construction, Fine and Applied Art (drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles) and Performing Arts.
During Summer 2023, we welcomed Camilla Gazzola on an internship from Italy, here’s what Camilla had to say about her time here:
“During the three months I spent at Wentworth Woodhouse I gained such valuable lessons in collaboration and teamwork as I was able to work alongside a range of different departments, staff and volunteers.
As the opportunities at Wentworth are forever growing, I really wanted to ensure I was able to experience as much as possible, helping at different events, projects and exhibitions I was able to increase my knowledge on the heritage sector and truly understand what the organisation does day to day!
Being a part of the Wentworth Woodhouse team was an enriching, eye-opening and inspirational experience and the opportunities given to me play a crucial role in my development not only as a person but as a future young professional. I would like to thank all the lovely members of staff that I worked alongside, especially my tutor, Jen Wall.
I honestly had the best experience at Wentworth and made memories I will never forget!”
Please contact our Skills Development and Learning Officer, Jen Wall, to discuss any opportunities.
We are committed to working with schools, colleges, universities and learning providers to develop programmes, sessions and resources in South Yorkshire and beyond. This ensures that our young people are getting an experience they will benefit from and enjoy.
We are a multipurpose site that is steeped in history but is also a country house adapting to the modern world. We have learning opportunities from land-based activities in the extensive Gardens to using the beautiful Marble Saloon and Palladian architecture to study symmetry in maths or looking at the intricate detail of Italian made mosaics in the fireplaces.
Check out some of our previous projects…
Winterhill School Photography GCSE – 40 GCSE students from Winterhill School came in to use the House as inspiration for their personal projects. The theme was surrealism and we look forward to seeing how they interpret Wentworth Woodhouse.
Horizon Community College Enterprise Days – 300 Y7 students came for a day to develop their business and enterprise skills. We tailored the day to use the taskforce skills framework to match up with the skills students are developing in school.
Rawmarsh Thorogate Primary School – 60 pupils had a tour as Wentworth Woodhouse as is it is part of their history curriculum and they wanted to bring it to life.
Please contact our Skills Development and Learning Officer, Jen Wall, to discuss any opportunities
We are stronger together so we link up with organisations both locally and internationally to bring innovative learning opportunities to our young people. We have plenty of projects on the go and more in the pipeline so if you’d like to collaborate, please get in touch!
As part of our commitment to supporting the creative and cultural sector recovery after covid and supporting young people in a time when creative curricula have been cut, we volunteer as part of the Erasmus+ funded Creatives Academy Project. It supports students by raising awareness of careers in the sector as well as highlighting the competences needed for freelance and self-employed creatives to make a living out of their talent.
The project runs from May 2021 – April 2023 in the UK, Greece, Serbia and Belgium and, after this pilot period finishes, we will continue to offer the programme to secondary schools.
We are working with renowned sculptor James Capper and Thorpe Hesley Primary School on an art project inspired by our stunning 17th century camellias. Recently, James delivered an afternoon workshop at the school where the children used biomimicry to draw silhouettes of leave, flowers and berries they found in their outdoor classroom. These shapes will be laser cut into a moving sculpture of a camellia which will be in Rotherham town centre.
In October 2020, we joined a bid to take a group of young people, aged 16-25, through a Digital Skills Training Programme focussed on film-making. The team of young men and women created around 20 films including documentaries, video diaries and show-format pieces and developed eight creative qualities. The final film was a major production and it will be used alongside the outputs of the other creative partners to show what could be achieved for the 2025 Children’s Capital of Culture.
Other creative partners were Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park Resort, Grimm and Co., Rotherham Football Club, Magna, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance, The Source, Rotherham Pioneers and the Workwise Foundation. We ran a pilot project in support of the 2025 Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture programme. The programme was highly successful and will run again this year.
Please contact our Skills Development and Learning Officer, Jen Wall, to discuss any opportunities.
We are unique and we have a unique offer! With such a wide variety of activities happening in the house from construction, catering and gardening to events, film-making and marketing – everything is a learning opportunity! We plan to use our distinct Grade I listed site to inspire unique educational programmes.
Check out our previous project…
Sky’s the Limit
From 2019 to 2021 a huge roof restoration project was undertaken. The scaffolding completely covered the house and tours were offered for a once in a lifetime look into the lofts. The restoration was led by female Engineers, Transport Planner, Quantity Surveyor and Wentworth Woodhouse Site Manager. We wanted to empower young girls so ran careers events to show these women’s amazing professions to girls from Wath Academy, Abbey Special School, Swinton Academy, Horizon Community College and St. Bernard’s Catholic High School. The students loved seeing the career paths these women had taken and how the school subjects of maths, science and history could interlink.
We will advertise these programmes here and on social media so keep an eye out for new opportunities in the future!