Local Schools

FoSJP has developed links with local schools to help encourage pupils to understand their own local environment and heritage.

  • Shirley Infant School were donated a mangle for use in their studies on “The Victorians”.
  • FoSJP gave history lessons in St.James’ Park for Shirley Junior School Year 3 children in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010: these were enthusiastically received by both children and parents.
  • FoSJP interviewed former students of Shirley School from the 1930s, as part of the Oral History Project.
  • In June 2010, the FoSJP history display was present at Shirley Infant and Junior Schools’ Summer Fair.
  • In January 2011, FoSJP started working with pupils from Upper Shirley High School on our Art for the Park project (see above).
  • In March 2011, FoSJP gave an interactive assembly to two Year 6 classes at St.Mark’s Primary School, who used the information to write a community newsletter for distribution to houses around the school.
  • From March to June 2012, the FoSJP History Research Group helped Shirley Infant School and Shirley Junior School with their Shirley Schools Centenary 2012 project, culminating in an evening celebration and an exhibition in June 2012.
  • In May 2013, we met up again with the Shirley Schools Centenary 2012 team to capture the information recorded before and during the June 2012 exhibition, with a view to producing a celebration book.
  • In June 2013, we shared a stall with the Shirley Schools Centenary 2012 team at the Shirley Schools Fair.
  • In June 2015, we ran a stall at the Shirley Infant and Junior Schools Summer Fayre to sell copies of our book “St.James’ Park, from Shirley Rec to Renovation, 1907 – 2014”.

University of Southampton

FoSJP was nominated as an organisation to work with a group of Second Year students from the University of Southampton during 2009-2010.

The students had to work together as a group, on a subject of which they might have had little or no previous knowledge, and demonstrate that they could work well as a group, undertake research, and present their findings to their lecturers. Their work also had to have a public outcome.

Part of their research involved gathering information at their “Shirley Remembers VE Day” event, supported by FoSJP, on Saturday 8th May at Shirley Parish Hall, and some of this information was used in their public presentation “St.James’ Park during World War II”, also held at Shirley Parish Hall, on Sunday 23rd May.

University Project Group 20, pictured here with
FoSJP History Research Group members at the
Avenue Campus (formerly Taunton’s School)

The FoSJP History Research Group was also invited to the students’ internal presentation on Admiral Sir Charles Bullen and his links with Shirley and Shirley Parish Church (near St.James’ Park).