A travel bursary scheme from the team at Weald & Downland Living Museum has been made available to provide support for schools and affordable opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Students can explore a variety of historic buildings on a visit.

Eligible schools can earn up to £400 towards the cost of travelling to the museum in the South Downs just outside Chichester, to help fight the rise in the cost of living and ensure pupils who may be most affected still have an opportunity to take part in a school trip.

Deborah Hodson, head of learning at the Weald & Downland Museum, said: “As an entirely self-funded educational charity and independent museum, we are proud and delighted to introduce this travel bursary scheme.

“We are acutely aware of the rising cost of school travel and yet, we know how invaluable it is to get pupils and students of all ages out of the classroom to enhance their learning.

“We are passionate about bringing learning to life here at the museum and our award-wining schools programme offers an unforgettable experience which goes from the Early Years Foundation right through to those students studying in further education and college.”

With a focus on rural heritage and its relevance today, the Weald & Downland Museum creates programmes for schools which bring the past to life through stories, hands-on workshops, outdoor learning and the chance to explore its 40-acre site which features buildings from the Anglo-Saxon to the Edwardian era.

How do teachers apply for financial support?

To be apply for the bursary, eligible schools must be in Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex or West Sussex areas and meet one of five other criteria relating to Free School Meals, Pupil Premium ratios and other challenges the school may be facing.

Funding is awarded on a first come first basis and applications must be received via the Weald & Downland website at least 28 days before a visit.

For further information and to apply for a travel bursary, go to www.wealddown.co.uk/schools