William Buchanan

William is a Heritage alumnus from the Class of 2019. 

After Heritage I attended the Perse Upper where I am currently Senior Prefect, studying History, Maths and Philosophy. Next year I am planning to study Combined Social Sciences at Durham University — a programme that includes History, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations.  Outside of my studies I enjoy rugby, and play 1st team for both the Perse and Shelford Rugby Club.

As I look back at my time at Heritage, the lesson of narration stands out. I remember narrating back the story of King Alfred burning the cakes in class and having no idea of the influence it would have on my academic progression.

Narration at Heritage is a key part of the curriculum, where students are asked to recall to the best of their ability a story that the teacher has just read to them. This is often tied into History lessons, but is also a part of Composer Study and Picture Study. After the extract is read to them, the students then aim to tell back as much as they could as a class, politely waiting for their turn. Though at the time it may seem arduous and the students may even think it a waste of time, looking back at it now I am reminded of how important it has been for me. Not only does this process improve an individual’s memory but also confidence in speaking about what they remember and understand, and then listening to hear what others remember.

These skills have served me incredibly well during my time at Heritage and during the past two years at the Perse Upper. My teachers have commented on my ability to recall information quickly. They have also said that I have the confidence to try ideas out in front of the class, and am ready to listen to what others have to offer. This integral part of the Heritage education is something that goes far beyond merely learning a story. It is something to be cherished and be proud of.