Details of 2019 Competition

Heritage is interpreted in its widest sense.


Ysgol Maesydderwen

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:

Either register on-line (click here for entry form)

Or print out the entry form (click here to download).


  • Registration of entries by Friday 8th February 2019.
  • Entries to be available for judging between Monday 15th April and Friday 3rd May.
  • Presentation of prizes/awards: The venue for the 2019 presentation and date will be announced in September

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged in the schools between 16th April and 4th May. One or two judges, members of the committee or representatives of the sponsors, will visit your school at a mutually agreed time. They will appreciate an opportunity to talk to the pupils involved as well as seeing their work.

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

Content including especially local relevance and context (10 marks)

Process including pupils' chronological awareness (10 marks), their historical knowledge (10 marks), their understanding of interpretations and representations (10 marks) and their enquiry skills in the use of sources (10 marks) – total 40 marks

Evaluation and presentation including pupils' understanding of the project (20 marks) and the way they have organised and communicated this in the presentation of the project (20 marks) – total 40 marks

Impact the way in which the project has been disseminated and the contribution it has made to heritage awareness (10 marks)

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

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    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.

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    Award Winners 2018

    Foundation Phase Schools

    Primary and Junior Schools

    Special Category

    Secondary Schools

    Full Summary Report 2018