Project information

Education Bursary

To encourage non-visiting schools, ideally those with a high proportion of free schools meals, to attend a 2 hour themed session free of charge at Westminster Abbey.The schools can choose from a variety of curriculum-led subject matters. We hope with this bursary to increase access to the Abbey.

October 2012 – ongoing

Charity information: The Westmonasterium Trust (The Westminster Abbey Foundation)

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  • Need

    Need

    The Education department at Westminster Abbey was established in May 2010.We deliver a varied education programme, which includes informative, imaginative and fun sessions that children gain a great deal from.We are now looking to the future and would like to deliver our educational services to a larger audience.We want to tell the story of Westminster Abbey - where history has actually happened - and help all children and young adults in Britain understand and appreciate their heritage.

    Solution

    Offering 10 free-of-charge themed sessions to schools in disadvantaged areas or with a high percentage of free school dinners we will enable greater access to Westminster Abbey. Entry charges to the Abbey can be prohibitive for low income families so school visits might be the only opportunity for children to visit us. Indeed, even the heavily subsidised ticket prices for school pupils can deter visits by schools whose resources are stretched. This bursary should remove such impediments.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Encourage more visits from maintained school sector;

    Activities

    » Target marketing of bursary for themed sessions to local maintained schools.

    Success will be attained if the 10 schools/classes that take advantage of the bursary from the maintained school sector.


    Aim 2

    Increase number of visits from schools who have not visited before;

    Activities

    » Target marketing of bursary for themed sessions to those schools in the area that have not visited before.

    Success will be attained if the 10 schools/classes that take advantage of the bursary have not visited before.


    Aim 3

    Increase access to Westminster Abbey.

    Activities

    » The above activities will facilitate achieve this aim.

    Success will be measured if those schools that take advantage of the bursary continue to utilise the Abbey's education programme.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will mean that we will begin to get a greater proportion of school visits from the maintained school sector, thus making the Abbey and its remarkable place in our history, available to all. The uptake from schools, data recorded, statistics and feedback from sessions will demonstrate the success of this project. We will continue to build relationships with the schools that visit to ensure further visits and engagements.

    Risk

    Under-resourced schools may find the visits challenging even with access to the bursary. We can only offer the bursary and show previous feedback on sessions to encourage visits. There has to be a willingness on the side of the schools to take advantage of this offer too.

    Reporting

    We will ask donors at the point of their donation if they would like a report on the uptake of the bursary, the schools who have attended the free themed sessions and the feedback we receive from those schools (a form will be given to the schools after the sessions to complete).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,200

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      £120 Cost per themed session Based on a ticket price of £4 per pupil with a maximum class of 30 pupils.
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      £240 2 themed sessions ibid
  • Background

    Location

    Westminster Abbey, in the heart of London, is one of the world’s greatest churches, an extraordinary Gothic masterpiece and a designated World Heritage Site. It is the nation’s coronation church, the church of the Commonwealth, has museum quality collections and is the site where over 3,300 of our nation’s greatest souls are buried or memorialised. It is a fascinating place that can inform and inspire children and young adults.

    Beneficiaries

    Since the creation of the Education Centre/Department at Westminster Abbey in May 2010 the department has welcomed over 16,000 children to its programme. The feedback and uptake on sessions have been excellent and we are committed to extending our reach.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since the creation of the Education Centre/Department at Westminster Abbey in May 2010 the department has welcomed over 16,000 children to its programme. The feedback and uptake on sessions have been excellent and we are committed to extending our reach.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Head Of Education

    Plans & delivers the programme, manages the volunteers & provides training to give a greater understanding of a school visit.

    Education Officer

    Develops & delivers the sessions, takes bookings, communicates with each teacher before the visit to ensure a tailored service.

    Volunteers

    A team of 30 volunteers assist in the delivery of workshops and tours of the Abbey bringing with them a wealth of information and experience.

A guided tour of Westminster Abbey

A guided tour of Westminster Abbey

Before coming to Westminster Abbey I wasn’t interested in history but now my mind is full of historical things, all thanks to you ...

Buyannemech Enkhbeld, Year 6, St James’ & St Michael’s C.E. Primary School