Details of 2020 Competition

Heritage is interpreted in its widest sense.


Williamstown Primary School

Pentwynmawr Primary School

It can include:

- people and their social history, traditions and environment;

- the 'world of work': agriculture, industry, finance and commerce;

- science and technology

- religion as well as the cultural and sporting heritage of Wales.

To enter:

Register on-line (click here for entry form)


We regretfully have to inform you that, due to the on-going Coronavirus crisis, we have decided to cancel this year’s judging programme and Awards Ceremony. I sincerely apologise for this but I hope you share with me that there are compelling reasons for us taking this decision.

Details of the 2021 competition will be announced soon.

Thank you very much once again for your interest and contribution to the Initiative.

Alun Morgan, Chair, Welsh Schools Heritage Initiative

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged in schools during Spring 2020. One or two judges will visit your school at a mutually agreed time. Judges will usually be members of the committee or experienced experts. Representatives of the sponsors may occasionally wish to accompany them. They will appreciate talking to the pupils and staff involved as well as seeing pupils’ and students’ work.

Entries will be marked out of a hundred for the following aspects of the project:


a. Knowledge and understanding: The extent to which pupils recall knowledge they have gained in detail and with accuracy; the extent to which pupils apply this knowledge and understanding with confidence; the extent to which pupils can make links and connections within the project and to wider aspects of Welsh heritage. Allocation of marks within the aspect: 20

b. Content: The originality of the project or approach; the significance of the contribution made to pupils’ awareness of local and/ or Welsh heritage issues, for example: local and/ or Welsh culture, the Welsh language, sport, science and technology, women’s histories, children’s histories. Allocation of marks within the aspect: 20

This list is not exhaustive, and projects can, and often do, focus on only one area, and within only a school, community or wider context, such as Wales.


a. Enquiry: The use and effectiveness of enquiry techniques adopted and the validity of conclusions reached. This may include: the range of questions asked by pupils; the range, types, quality and relevance of evidence considered; pupils’ understanding of interpretations and representations (where appropriate); the extent to which pupils have developed their own ideas and arrived at valid judgements and conclusions. Allocation of marks within the aspect: 20

b. Presentation The overall quality and effectiveness of the presentation; the variety and relevance of media used; the extent of pupil engagement in the presentation. Allocation of marks within the aspect: 20


The extent of knowledge and awareness raised by the project in contexts such as:

  • the school itself and amongst parents and carers;
  • the local community;
  • other parts of Wales;
  • local and national media;
  • social media;
  • local groups and societies;
  • partner schools and organisations locally, in the UK and abroad.

Allocation of marks within the aspect: 20

Impact does not have to be demonstrated in every one of these contexts.

Summaries of some winning entries

  • Click here to view samples of previous winning entries

  • For further information or enquiries contact:

    Alison Denton
    Ty Gwyn
    The Bryn
    NP7 9AL


    To enter:

    Register on-line (click here for entry form)


    Click here to view our sponsors

    The Annual Competition

    Each year the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Committee invites all schools in Wales to enter heritage projects in a nationwide competition. The word "heritage" is interpreted in the widest sense, to include people and their social history, religion, traditions and culture; the world of work, agriculture, industry, finance, commerce, science, technology, arts and sport.

    These projects can be part of the usual curriculum-focused work carried out as part of the timetable, or they can reflect work done by the school to commemorate a local event, person or building.

    The project work undertaken for this competition will address many of the requirements for history in the new Successful Futures curriculum. In 2018 special emphasis will be placed on high quality digital outcomes and themes such as women’s history, Wales and the wider world through travel and tourism and the history of sport.

    The projects require research, collection of materials, analysis and evaluation and communication skills. They may be presented as exhibitions, performances, restorations and other forms of contribution to heritage, or as records in print or electronic form.

    Schools are encouraged to involve their community and people of different generations in their projects and to disseminate their findings.

    All schools entering the competition are visited by judges who assess the project, taking into account the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy and information technology skills.

    At an Awards Ceremony prizes are awarded for the best projects in each category: infant, primary, special and secondary. The prizes are presented to the winners by the sponsors who donated them. The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Shields (donated by the National Museums and Galleries of Wales) are presented to the best overall primary and secondary entries. The ceremony is held at a different location in Wales each year.

    Award Winners 2019

    Foundation Phase Schools

    Primary and Junior Schools

    Special Category

    Secondary Schools


    Full Summary Report 2019