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On Thursday 12th February 2015, we awarded the UK’s sixth Helicopter Stories Centre of Excellence award to St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School, Bristol in recognition of their work with Story Square.

St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School, funded by Bristol City Council since 1931, has a long history of successfully teaching young children. Every member of staff is qualified to work with young children and is passionate about children’s learning.

Helicopter Stories: Letting Imagination Fly is based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley. There are many different approaches that are based on this curriculum and one of them is Story Square. St. Weburgh’s Park Nursery School have been involved with Story Square for many years.

The presentation began with a short 15-minute demonstration of the approach followed by a presentation of the plaque by the MakeBelieve Arts Creative Director, Isla Hill.

“Thank you so much for a truly inspiring day! The day was just what we needed … you lifted us and enabled us once again to focus on Vivian’s work and how it so resonates with our children and families here at St. Werburgh’s.”

— Liz Jenkins, Head Teacher, St. Werburghs Park Nursery School