Arunside School, Horsham – Evacuation Day


All dressed up for evacuation to the country

As part of their World War 2 topic work Arunside School in Horsham took advantage of the Go Learn project to experience a station visit and train ride as part of their evacuation day activities. Angie Lowen, Education Office for the SCRP facilitated the visit and free travel was provided by GTR Southern.


Reading letters from home on the train.

Reading letters from home on the train.


Enjoying plum sandwiches at Horsham station


The children were able to put into practice what they had learnt about railway safety at the Go Learn workshop Angie had given to them the previous week.






Visit by Rail Project April 2015 – March 2016

Sussex Community Rail Partnership have been working with the South Downs National Park Authority to deliver another LSTF project involving Educational Visits into the South Downs National Park. 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 by train to sites within the South Downs National Park have taken place:

Year 1 & 2 visit to Amberley Museum by Fittleworth Village School in October 2015 to discover about living in the past.


Year 8 Geography visit to Arundel in October 2015 investigating whether Arundel as a sustainable town.


Year 9 Geography visit to Pulborough Brooks, October 2015 to compare wetland and woodland ecosystems, educational expertise provided by RSPB Education staff and volunteers.


Eco-group (made up of various Year groups) visit to the South Downs Way at Southease, October, based around the YHA facilities at Southease and including nettle tea making.


These visits have mostly come about using existing materials and 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 will be developed as a result of the visits, and available to all schools via a number of websites at the end of the project.

All train travel for the visits that took place has been provided by GTR/Southern, the Railway provider for the area for which we are very grateful.




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