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Rutland's Knight School holds ceremony at Oakham Castle




A 'Knight School' has received enough funding to keep its six-week programme going.

The free school is open to six to eight year-olds and focuses on teaching behavioural codes.

As well as practising some medieval traditions, the school also teaches the pupils skills relevant to life today.

Benjamin Hutter (Sir Palamedes) is knighted by Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness
Benjamin Hutter (Sir Palamedes) is knighted by Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness

Activities include cleaning shoes, showing respect and courtesy, basic drill and keeping bedrooms tidy.

The programme aims to build the children's confidence and encourages them to be more attentive at school by reinforcing the good things parents teach.

Budding knights have also received fun homework such as creating a litter poster and colouring in a shield.

Knights and ladies with the High Sheriff of Rutland Margaret Miles, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness and staff
Knights and ladies with the High Sheriff of Rutland Margaret Miles, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness and staff

A knighting ceremony for the children took place recently at Oakham Castle.

It saw the children take part in a parade, take the Knight School pledge, and be knighted by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness.

Janet Berridge, who has been volunteering with the Knight School for 10 years, said: "It does help them and they absolutely love it."

She added: "Afterwards they feel so proud."

After a previous Stamford Mercury article was published, many generous donations were made to the Knight School allowing it to stay open.

To find out more about the Knight School, click here.


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