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
Year 8 Geography visit to Arundel
Eco-group visit to the South Downs Way at Southease
Key Stage 1 visit to Amberley Museum
KS3 visit to Lewes Castle
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
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.