From celebrating with the local community, to planting trees, and commemorative photos and time capsules, CET schools made their mark for the coronation of King Charles III.

Here’s a royal round up of how our primary and secondary schools celebrated the occasion, including events held as part of The Big Help Out. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

Caldew Lea Primary School

School provided a picnic lunch for all which followed a morning of entertaining coronation activities and crafts in classes. In the afternoon, there was a professional children’s entertainer, party games and celebrations on the school yard. Many pupils went to school dressed in red, white and blue or as kings and queens.

There was also a coronation disco and residents from the local care home were invited to the Friday picnic and celebration afternoon.

Castle Carrock Primary School

Children and staff enjoyed a whole school picnic lunch with red, white and blue ice cream in a cone for pudding.

There was also a school bake off community project with children baking and decorating either cupcakes or cakes. At a village celebration on Sunday, children sang the national anthem to the community. Art and History work was on display in the village’s church and the hall.

Hensingham Primary School

A school picnic and afternoon tea was held in the forest area and then the children spent the afternoon making crafts and learning all about the weekend’s events.
They planted wildflowers in the school garden to mark the celebrations. The school has helped plant more than 400 trees in the local area too, all part of the community’s celebrations.

Longtown Primary School

During the morning the children made coronation-themed crafts. This was followed by a parade around their mile track with each class doing something different as they made their way around. It takes nine laps round the track to make a mile, so once all nine classes had paraded, they had a ‘Royal Mile’!

‘The King’ officially opened the mile track with parents going in for a picnic. Longtown also did a litter pick for The Big Help Out.

Newtown Primary School

After a special picnic lunch, including a celebration cake, children had an afternoon of fun carousel creative activities.

Northside Primary School

Early Years had a tea party and craft session for parents, grandparents and children. The rest of the school enjoyed a party with cakes and craft. Everyone was encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.

Petteril Bank Primary School

The whole school enjoyed a coronation themed red, white and blue tea party.

Tebay Primary School

The whole school gathered to create a time capsule with items the children took in from home. The children made sandwiches to go with school-made scones for an afternoon tea party. They also created two large scale pieces of art which the entire school contributed to. These will be put up in shelters for parents and the wider community to see. The afternoon finished with the burying of the time capsule.

The Whitehaven Academy

Some Year 7 pupils were invited to take part in the #CoronationGeneration challenge. Young people from across the UK took part in a series of inspiring workshops, organised by Ideas Foundation, harnessing their creativity to design posters in honour of the coronation.

The resulting posters used photography, copywriting, typography, and graphic design to reflect one or more of the key themes: community, diversity, sustainability, and youth.

Two TWA posters were selected to be displayed across digital poster sites nationwide.

William Howard School

Brampton Town Crier Brian Pease welcomed students and staff onto the school astro-turf pitch for a ceremony where the Head Girl and Boy did a reading and then the choir sang God Save the King.

A drone photo was taken of all staff and students present in the shape of the initials CR. There was a coronation-themed lunch for all students.

More than 70 guests from the local community enjoyed an afternoon tea made and served by Year 7 students. The Town Crier again started the proceedings, followed by a reading and the choir singing, a Y12 student played the piano across the afternoon. The Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle awarded Coronation Coins to the winners of our local community photography competition.

Brampton and Longtown Foodbank had stalls at the party to make local residents aware of what the foodbank offers the community. Mike Kane from the Foodbank awarded the winner of the foodbank logo design competition a Coronation Coin. The winning Year 7 student also has her logo in the school’s reception area.

The Mayor planted a time capsule at the front of school. Students sent in their entries for what 2023 looks like for a student at WHS. There were songs, images, raps and poems inside along with school badges and a school tie. A commemorative plaque will be made in DT to mark this area.

Workington Academy

School produced 100 commemorative coronation afternoon tea boxes. Key Stage 3 students worked with the D&T department to create coasters, key rings, pop up cards, as well as a range of British-themed cakes, biscuits and scones. These special tea boxes were delivered to elderly care service users within the local community.

This week, members of the school’s Eco Committee are leading a community litter pick in nearby Hall Park with students in Year 7 and 8.


Yanwath Primary School

All staff and pupils were invited to go in dressed in red, white and blue. After a picnic lunch, children played games and planted wildflowers, shrubs and trees around school to mark the occasion for years to come. Families donated the plants.

Yewdale Primary School

Children, many dressed in red, white and blue, took part in a special coronation ‘Knees Up’ in the hall with music, games and dancing, followed by a picnic.

Pupils also took part in a design a ‘Coronation Stamp’ competition. Teachers also planned a PSHE lesson and activity focusing on the coronation, linking to British Values. The children had opportunity to record their thoughts around the event and celebrations in school in its PSHE floor books.