Sussex Community Rail Partnership in partnership with the South Downs National Park  have been working with schools with access to the National Park to encourage more use of the facilities within the South Downs by using sustainable transport, the train. The project’s aims were defined as follows:

  •  To boost the market for outdoor learning providers within the South Downs National Park by encouraging and enabling a wider range of schools to visit by sustainable transport.
  • To increase the number of schools accessing the National Park by rail and to embed sustainable travel values and experiences in a wide range of Key Stage 3 and 4 students as well as 6th form students, equipping them to travel confidently by public transport and to consider the role of sustainable transport in managing rural tourism.

Following meetings with a number of schools the following visits to the South Downs National Park took place:

 Year 9 Geography visit to Pulborough Brooks

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Click here to download the Pulborough Case Study
Click here to download the Pulborough Brooks Educational Visit Plan
Click here to download the Pulborough Ditch and Woodland Investigation

Year 8 Geography visit to Arundel

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Click here to download the Arundel Case Study
Click here to download the Arundel Educational Visit Plan
Click here to download the Arundel Booklet

Eco-group  visit to the South Downs Way at Southease

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Click here to download the Southease Case Study
Click here to download the Southease Educational Visit Plan
Click here to download the Sustainability and Travel Questionniare

Key Stage 1 visit to Amberley Museum

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Click here to download the Amberley Case Study

Click here to download the Amberley Educational Visit Plan

KS3 visit to Lewes Castle

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Click here to download the Lewes Castle Case Study
Click here to download the Lewes Castle KS3 Educational Visit Plan

Most of these visits have come about using existing materials and/or visits that have been previously used by the schools.  All the schools involved have been happy for their materials to be used as part of Educational Visit Plans that have been developed as a result of the visits. All train travel for the visits was provided by Southern Railway.

In addition to the visits that took place for the Visit by Rail project, 3 further EVPs were put together with the help of the Learning Providers and they are available below.

Lewes Castle KS2

Lewes Castle

Click here to download the Educational Visit Plan

 

Winchester

Click here to download the St Faith’s and St Cross Meadows KS2 Educational Visit Plan

 

St Cross meadow

Falmer

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Click here for the Earthship Brighton Educational Visit Plan

Ten Top Tips for Train Travel

In addition to the Case Studies and the Educational Visit Plans, a Ten Top Tips for Train Travel document for teachers was also created.

Click here for the Top Tips for Train Travel document

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