Superbloom Schools 2024
Our original Superbloom Schools project for 2022’s Platinum Jubilee proved to be such a success (watch the video below) that we did it all again in 2023 with another 25 amazing schools. Each school was carefully selected based on their level of Pupil Premium, ESL and special educational needs, to design and create gardens in the spirit of the Tower of London's Moat in Bloom.
For 2024, a third enthusiastic group of 25 partner schools across the UK have taken up the Superbloom challenge to transform an unloved outdoor patch in their grounds into a thriving garden for the wellbeing of their school community and local wildlife.
The schools will receive training in gardening and wellbeing from specialists, learning resources for their classrooms and grants to buy plants and equipment. In Summer 2024, they will each bring a class to the Tower for an expenses-paid visit as our very special guests and see the flowers in the Moat.
The project’s aim is to boost students’ wellbeing, behaviour and academic achievement in the unique ways that only gardening and spending time with nature can bring.
2023 Museum & Heritage Awards
The Tower of London's Superbloom Schools 2022 programme was awarded Highly Commended in the 'Learning Programme of the Year' category at the prestigious 2023 Museum & Heritage Awards - the 'Oscars' of the Heritage sector.
Even being shortlisted is amazing - we couldn't have got so far without the enthusiastic commitment of our wonderful partner schools!
SUPERBLOOM LEARNING RESOURCES
We have created free curriculum-based lesson packs for Primary, Secondary and SEND to help teachers develop classroom/outdoor teaching around Superbloom’s core theme of 'wellbeing'.
Download these resources by selecting ‘PSHE’ in the Subject bar on our learning resource bank.Learning resources
PARTNER SCHOOLS MAPs
Zoom in on this map to see the schools that took part between 2022-24.
Zoom in on this map to see the partner schools participating in Superbloom Schools 2024.
Benefits to schools
• Learn new skills and knowledge in gardening, plant science and biodiversity
• Learn how gardens and nature can benefit both physical and mental health
• Have fun with their peers and create inspiring and memorable experiences to be proud of
• Develop skills and knowledge in leading a successful wellbeing and school garden project
• Be provided with ideas and resources for using the Superbloom as the basis for cross-curricular projects supporting Science, History, English, Art and PSHE
• Be supported to create an exciting, memorable and uplifting experience for the school and its pupils
Superbloom Schools 2022
How the programme started
To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Tower Moat was transformed for the first time into Superbloom - a spectacular field of flowers - to enhance people's wellbeing and create a beautiful garden in the heart of London.
Schools around the UK were invited to take part in the project and provided with free seeds to plant. A group of 56 partner schools also received teacher training, in-school art workshops and a class celebration day at the Tower.
AS IT’S GONE ON, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ACROSS THE SCHOOL WERE GETTING INVOLVED. IT’S NOW A PROJECT FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL, EVERYONE IS REALLY EXCITED AND THEY’RE GROWING VEG.
Teacher (anon), project evaluation survey
What was the impact?
- Approximately 1,500 UK schools took part
- Approximately 100,000 students took part
- 56 UK schools were involved on a deeper level
- 92% of teachers said the project had had a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of their students
- 74% of teachers said the project demonstrated the Tower of London’s commitment to inclusivity and gave students from more disadvantaged backgrounds new experiences
- 72% of teachers said that the project built students' confidence and broadened their horizons
- 97% of teachers said they would take part again
Watch the Superbloom Schools 2022 film
To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, we invited schools around the UK to take part in the School Superbloom project.
The Superbloom Schools project has been generously supported by the Clasper family.