A scheme has been launched at the attraction in Kent that will enable free school visits for students from high pupil premium schools.

Pupils taking part in a ropery activity at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham

 Pupils can take part in a ranger of activities at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The Dockyard Discoverers programme will provide underprivileged children and young people in Medway an opportunity to access the Historic Dockyard’s award-winning Learning Programmes.

Pupils will be treated to an interactive learning experience, where the principles of STEM are explored, explained and linked to the National Curriculum.

HM Submarine OCELOT at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

See historic ships and vehicles, including HMS Ocelot.

Stephen Billington, head of lifelong learning, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said: “At Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust we actively listen to the needs and challenges of local schools and we are committed to supporting their educational goals.

“High Pupil Premium schools are often subjected to financial constraints that inhibit school visits to local attractions, which in turn reduces opportunities for beyond the classroom learning. The Dockyard Discoverers programme will provide an enriching STEM learning experience that goes beyond the core curriculum.”

 Different options for school visits

Self-guided visits: Research the Dockyard and guide your own groups around the historic site. A walk-through of HMS Ocelot.

Guided visits: Take advantage of the services of one of the learning team guides for the day as you explore the Historic Dockyard, while also having the options of taking part in a special workshop.

Bespoke days: Select one, two or three of the Dockyard’s taught activities at £75 each for a class of up to 35. Select from the Special Packages, self-guide your free time or add a guide and build your perfect day.

Hannane Ford, development manager, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, said: “Engaging students in hands-on STEM sessions outside the classroom can be extremely impactful, fostering curiosity and inspiring future interest in the fields of Science and Technology.

The gardens at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Schools can also spend time exploring the gardens.

“The Dockyard Discoverers programme has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of students who might not otherwise visit the Historic Dockyard’s valuable educational resource.”

The Dockyard Discoverers Programme is open to Medway Infant, Primary and Secondary Schools with a number of Free School Meal students above the Medway average based on the latest published Ever 6 Free School Meals data. 

This scheme has been made possible through a donation of more than £14,000 from The Charles Burnett III Memorial Fund, administered by Kent Community Foundation. 

Teachers can register their interest by emailing hford@chdt.org.ukthedockyard.co.uk.