Leeds Castle in Kent welcomes school visits from all over the world, all year round.
Whether your pupils are early learners from Key Stages 1 to 5, or adult learners, and whatever you are studying, Leeds Castle can provide an education workshop, specialist talk, guided or self-guided tour or written resource.
Themed workshops, delivered by a trained education co-ordinator, cover a range of UK National Curriculum topics such as Drama, History, Art and much more. Pupils will visit the Castle to discover 900 years of history including Tudor life and the 1920s. During allocated free-time your school group can discover the twists and turns of the Maze, the underground grotto and playgrounds. Visits last approximately four hours, including a one hour workshop activity, 30 to 45 minute visit to the Castle and additional time to explore.
Visiting on a self-guided basis allows you to plan the day as you wish and lead your pupils around the Castle, its grounds and attractions at your own pace. You will receive a teacher’s pack with a site map and helpful information for your visit, Castle guidance notes and risk advice notes. Two complimentary tickets to carry out a preliminary visit are available on request following the confirmation of a booking.
Why are Leeds Castle great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Leeds Castle is proud to have been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
The head judge stated as follows:
"This is a service which goes from strength to strength. The programme is varied and interesting with strong links to the National Curriculum and with clear aims and objectives. It is firmly grounded in the Castle’s long and varied history and the workshops are delivered by knowledgeable and well-trained staff. There is a strong sense of cohesion in the Education Department with an atmosphere of cooperation and support."
What activities are available during group visits?
Themed workshops for UK schools, cover a range of topics such as Drama, History, Art and much more! These include; The Swan Princess (KS1), Leeds Castle: A Potted History (KS1 & KS2), Sybil the Cygnet (KS1), From Cave to Castle (KS2), The Field of the Cloth of Gold (KS1, KS2 & KS3), A Walk on the Wild Side (KS1 & KS2), The Artful Henry (KS2), Badges and Banners (KS1, KS2 & KS3), A Victorian Day (KS2), A Victorian Christmas (KS2), Early Learners Storytime (Nursery & Reception) and King of the Castle (KS3).
What size groups do you cater for?
Talks & Workshops (Min 25, Max 30-40 per group. Max 3 groups per day). No limit for self-guided visits.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
The Education Centre can be used as a lunch room by schools booking a workshop. For self-guided groups Lunch Room Hire (subject to availability, must be pre-booked). £25 per hour. Max 30 per group.
Is there first aid on site?
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
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