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An educational theme park trip? Absolutely!

  • Subject: Outdoor Learning
  • Date Posted: 20 April 2016

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I am fortunate enough to have an educational role with the unique backdrop of the rollercoasters and rides of THORPE PARK Resort. As you might imagine, I am often quizzed on the educational benefits of school trips to such attractions – surely they can only really be for students on a jolly? I hope to offer an alternative perspective and focus on the kind of enrichment that can in fact only really be attained from a trip to nontraditional venues.

The most important element of a school trip – to any destination – is surely the opportunity to inspire students? Such opportunities are numerous and rich at theme parks, where so many curriculum subjects can be linked to and explored in a destination that will naturally appeal to many, if not most, young people. Rollercoasters provide obvious avenues for discovering gravity and forces; water rides are a natural home for lessons on sustainability and the environment. Imaginative marketing campaigns for new attractions like our Derren Brown Ghost Train offer quirky case studies for business students and an entertaining arena in which they can flex their own creative muscles. It’s not unusual for theme parks and other destinations to provide onsite educational provision for school and college groups in areas such as STEM and business studies, with trained specialists leading the learning – and in other attractions with zoos, for example, I have seen awesome animal experiences which are often exclusive to school groups. Many ‘leisure’ destinations with an educational offering provide plenty of free online resources available in a range of subjects, and the opportunity to link a series of lessons to a visit.

Ignite imaginations

The true potential of any learning outside of the classroom is the opportunity to model the topics being taught in a real world context. The phrase “bring subjects to life” can be overused by all attractions, but behind this lies the undeniable truth that students engage with learning in different ways, and that visits to different destinations can be absorbing to typically uninterested students. I have seen young people blossom regularly in unusual and unexpected settings. This could include a restaurant looking after its customers, an aquarium highlighting its breeding programmes, or even experiencing acceleration on rollercoasters; adding real world context to classroom teaching reinforces understanding and ‘sticky learning’ – something that will stay with students.

An important inclusion for an extracurricular list at any attraction is something employment focused. The leisure and tourism industry offers a range of exciting career paths in areas from customer service to engineering and can develop talent with a youthful seasonal workpool. Work experience and even holiday jobs are available to teenagers without expectation of experience and can open a whole range of options to students.

A final addition to these happy scholastic outcomes – and one that really shouldn’t be overlooked – is that a trip to a theme park is, of course, hugely enjoyable! It seems to be increasingly sidelined in the current climate, with its emphasis so heavily on rigour, assessment and raising standards, but I am not alone in believing there is a powerful association between enjoyment and education. It strikes me that learning can be found in the world around us if only we employ the imagination we seek to foster in the young people in our care. As you look to support their students in their learning, let me encourage you to use all available avenues to engage and inspire them – including visiting more unorthodox and exciting learning destinations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jack du Pille is education manager at THORPE PARK Resort. He is a keen rugby player and world traveller, with over 10 years of experience in the education sector.

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Thorpe Park in Surrey is a fantastic Theme Park for schools to enjoy, with endless fun thrilling rides, attractions, live events, epic roller coasters and endless amusements to experience. Plus workshops that focus on STEM, Marketing and Business.

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What we offer on a school trip

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Home to thrilling rides, attractions, live events & more, THORPE PARK is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters and amusement park rides.

Reach new heights with Stealth the UK’s fastest roller coaster launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds. Take flight on THE SWARM the UK’s first winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps with SAW – The Ride the world’s first horror themed roller coaster featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop.

Plunge down the super-soaking 85ft drop on Tidal Wave, get drenched on the 64ft spiralling descent on Storm Surge and play splash roulette on the Island’s ferocious Rumba Rapids as you experience the UK’s wettest water rides.

Here you will find a full days’ worth of thrilling rides and attractions and have the option to select an educational talk from our award-winning THRILLS programme.

Our programme offers eye opening lessons in STEM & Business that will challenge young minds and aligns with the National Curriculum requirements.

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What is typically included on our school trips

Alongside our thrilling rides and attractions, we also offer educational talks in Maths, Science and Business/Marketing which cost just £1.50pp Content is aligned with the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 – 5.

Group Sizes

We cater trips for all group sizes, however our talks are subject to availability and are in very high demand.

Materials, Resources & Key Stage Information

We also offer educational resources to support your pre-visit and post visit learning within various subjects. You can download them all  here .

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

THORPE PARK does not allow guests to use GoPros, cameras or phones to film on board any of our rides. As with all loose items, these must be left in the lockers provided to ensure the safety of all guests in that area.

Risk Assessment

For our risk assessment information, please visit  https://www.thorpepark.com/schools/prices-planning/risk-assessment/

Education Officer

For information, please email  [email protected]  where a member of the education team will be able to help.

We have a five-tiered pricing structure for our school trips.  If you choose to visit on an off-peak date then tickets start from just £16 per student, with prices slightly for visits during peak periods.  To check the prices for a specific visit date, check our pricing calendar here:  THORPE PARK Resort Schools Pricing 2023

https://www.thorpepark.com/schools/prices-planning/book-online/

Our First Aid Centre is found in the Lower Dome Area and is manned by qualified staff who can help with any injuries and illnesses on Resort. We cater for any extra needs you may have such as the storage of temperature-sensitive medicines, a water fountain and vending machines for painkillers.

Available Facilities

Range shops, large choice of restaurants and grab & go food outlets, toilets, seating areas and many other facilities. For any enquiries check our FAQs or contact our customer services team.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Before your visit please reach out to the Guest Experience team to begin creating your Accessibility Day Planner. The quickest method of contact is via Live Chat – simply click the ‘Message us’ button on the side of your screen and type in ‘Plan My Day’.  Alternatively you can also contact the team via email at:  [email protected]

Members of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) welcome visits by disabled people and will do all that is possible to ensure a safe and pleasurable stay. However, certain rides/attractions in our parks can be physically demanding and vigorous.

Opening Times

To see our opening times calendar, please visit:  Theme Park Opening Times | Thorpe Park Resort

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