Free school trips to Bletchley Park

Date Posted: 02/03/2015

A pilot bursary scheme, offering funded trips to the World War Two site, has been introduced for disadvantaged schools.

The bursary, provided by Winton Global Investment Management, is available to schools which might be most in need of financial support. Each bursary covers the cost of coach hire and 40 children attending two workshops during their time at Bletchley Park.

The first school to participate in the scheme was Greenleys Junior School in Milton Keynes.

A group of year six students were given a Codes and Ciphers workshop, tried their hands at operating a real World War Two Enigma machine and toured the uniquely historic site.

Eleven-year old Cynthia Ajibad said: “It’s really fascinating to see what happened in the war and what was done at this place.” 

Teacher Paul Dunkley added: “It’s been fantastic. They need to understand how important this place was. When something is on your own doorstep, you don’t realise just how incredible it is until you come - it’s like living history.”

Victoria Worpole, the Bletchley Park Trust’s director of learning and collections, said: “These bursaries will help enormously by making exciting and engaging school trips to Bletchley Park available to children to whom it might have been out of reach.

“It’s vital that we inspire young minds. Encouraging children to put themselves in the codebreakers’ shoes to solve seemingly impossible problems brings the STEM subjects to life.”

The education programme at Bletchley Park

The scheme forms part of the improved education programme at Bletchley Park.

Cyber Security Workshops are now available either as part of a school visit or at the school itself.

Schools, colleges, clubs or societies can also book an Enigma Outreach visit, where Bletchley Park’s education officer demonstrates a real World War Two Enigma machine which participants can try using themselves.

For more information contact 01908-40404, info@bletchleypark.org.uk, or visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk.

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