One of our new co-curricular clubs this year involves a group of Embley students researching Embley’s history and developing guided tours based on Florence Nightingale’s history and her family’s time at Embley Park.
In 1825, the Nightingale family purchased the Embley Park estate for £125,000. Florence lived at Embley Park with her parents and sister Parthenope. In 1837 Florence is believed have experienced a calling from God whilst sitting under a giant cedar tree which is still located near the school’s swimming pool. Our students explored and researched the remnants of Florence Nightingale’s time at Embley Park around the grounds, producing their own tour route and leaflet based on her life and legacy.
Year 6 pupils were then invited to the Senior School to take part in the very first Florence Nightingale tour. Savannah, Hugo, Amelia, Max, Florence, Daisy and Henry guided our Prep pupils on an informative and engaging tour. Year 6 had the opportunity to learn more about the Library, Chapel, Florence’s seat, plaque and the Long Walk as our tour guides displayed their extensive Florence Nightingale knowledge.
The club is planning to run tours for Prep and primary school children in the local area.