Education and Learning Activities For Schools Bradgate Park offers your school excellent opportunities to learn outside the classroom, with a range of quality education sessions to choose from all of which take place outdoors, giving participants the chance to experience nature and learn about the varied heritage of the Park. We offer a range of topics linked to the national curriculum that can help you achieve your learning objectives, during an enjoyable and safe visit. This section contains general information about formal education activities at Bradgate Park, including the topics covered, number of pupils/students that can be accommodated, and how to book. Please note: booking for all visits, both self-led and led, must be pre-arranged at least four weeks in advance. If you are arriving by coach and the Estate Office has not been advised of your visit, regrettably we will have no alterative but to turn away coaches from the Newtown Linford car park and re directed to Hunts Hill car park (Old John). What is on Offer? Stone Age - KS1 and KS2 Come along to see what life was like for Stone Age people living in the Park and have a go at life as a Stone Age person Click here to download the session outline- KS1 and KS2 Stone Age Habitats: Woodlands - KS1 and KS2 Come and visit a secret woodland within the Park. Learn about the woodland habitat and what lives there. Click here to download the session outline- KS1 woodlands Click here to download the session outline- KS2 woodlands Habitats: Minibeasts - KS1 and KS2 Come and discover the mini-beasts found in the Park and learn about the differences between them. Will you be able to identify what you find? Click here to download the session outline- KS1 minibeasts Click here to download the session outline- KS2 minibeasts River Life - KS1 and KS2 Find out about the river and what creatures live beneath the surface. What will you find during your visit? Click here to download the session outline- KS1 & KS2 riverlife Lady Jane Grey and Bradgate House - KS1 and KS2 Within Bradgate Park are the ruins of the home where Lady Jane Grey, the nine day queen, lived. Take a tour of the ruins to find out what it was like to live there and discover the tastes of the Tudors. Click here to download the session outline- KS1 and KS2 A Taste of Bradgate Compass Work and Map Skills - KS2 Children will learn how to use a compass and some basic map reading techniques. All equipment will be provided. Click here to download the session outline- KS2 compass skills Alongside booked education sessions, you may wish to book a school group visit to the Visitor Centre, or use the day as a chance to explore the wider Estate. If you would like to discover the Visitor Centre as part of your day, please note that there is a charge of 50p per child and that we can only accommodate up to 15 children at any one time. Please indicate this on the booking form if you would like to include it as part of your visit. Self led visits Self organised groups who do not require session leaders are welcome to visit Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. However, we ask that you advise the Estate Office of your intended visit so that our staff are aware of your group’s presence and can be on hand to provide any advice or assistance you may require. Visit our Self Led Visits page for more information. Please note: schools should not to enter the river when visiting, as the Park and the River Lin are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). No permission is given for stream based activities by schools on self-led visits. Charges Per school activity session, up to maximum size of 30 pupils. Up to 30 children for all educational establishments a set charge of £65.00 For all schools each additional child above 30, charged per child per session £2.25 Teachers/Leaders Free Self-led activities available for hire by schools and groups such as the mini- beast kit box (Terms and Conditions apply) £25.00 Orienteering Booklet (please note the booklet is subject to copyright and copying is prohibited) £1.50 As there is no admission charge to visit Bradgate Park (other than parking costs), you only pay for the activities booked, ensuring that you have a great educational day out at a reasonable cost! Payment must be received a minimum of 7 days in advance of your visit. An invoice will be sent upon booking confirmation. Cancellation policy If a booking is cancelled more than 2 working days before the school is due to visit a full refund will be given. If a booking is cancelled with less than 2 working days before the school is due to visit, a 50% charge will be made if the school re-books at that time. A full charge will be levied if the visit isn’t being re-booked. Booking Advance booking is essential. Before booking any transport, please contact us to discuss the session you are interested in, numbers and to arrange a suitable date. A pre-visit by the teacher is welcomed, as is discussion with the Trust's team regarding the activities to be provided. Once provisionally booked with the Trust, you will need to complete and return a school booking form, which can be downloaded from the website. When this has been received, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter. Coach and bus parking is an additional charge (currently £20) and it can be booked in advance, please let us know at the time of booking if you wish to take up this option. If you would like to arrange a visit or have any questions, please contact the Estate Office at [email protected] or phone 0116 236 2713. Download the booking form or complete our online booking form. About your visit Each activity session lasts for approximately two hours and a maximum of 30 pupils can be accommodated. We can deliver multiple sessions in parallel to support larger school visits. Teachers accompanying the group are responsible for providing sufficient leaders appropriate to the age and size of the group. The Bradgate Park team should not be included in the leader ratio. Pupils age Number of leaders required School years one to three (Key Stage 1) One adult for every six pupils School years four to six (Key Stage 2) One adult for every 10 pupils Activities happen whatever the weather (except in severe adverse conditions when you would be advised by a member of the the Trust team). Please ensure that the group is suitably dressed for both sun, or rain as appropriate. For most activities we advise pupils to wear long trousers and sensible shoes, boots or trainers. Due to the nature of the Park, each session involves a fair amount of walking, so please ensure children have appropriate bags to carry their belongings. Educational and life-long learning programmes at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.