Schools & Colleges

Empower your pupils to care about British wildlife!

We are committed to creating fun, memorable learning experiences for pupils, which will inspire their curiosity and love of British wildlife.  We help pupils to reconnect with nature and encourage them to discover what they can do to protect the environment.

On-Site learning – EYFS to KS4

Our curriculum linked sessions, led by our experienced learning team, are interactive, fun and creative. 

  • Fun, hands-on sessions
  • Linked to the national curriculum
  • Onsite education centre
  • Outdoor learning experiences
  • Sessions priced from £3 per pupil
  • Choose from 1 hour, half day or full day sessions

‘Everything was so interactive.  The children were so engaged with every workshop.  They loved it’, feedback from Mendip Green School adult.  

Please be aware that we are a working animal hospital.  For the welfare of sick, injured and orphaned animals, we are committed to minimising human contact with our animal casualties, so that they can be released back into the wild.  We aim to encourage empathy with and observation of British wildlife in their natural habitats, and for this reason we are not able to allow visitors to see current admissions.

Topics for your learning session:

Talks:

  • Introduction to Secret World Wildlife Rescue
  • Specific species talks e.g. Hedgehog, Fox, Badger, Birds of prey
  • Human impacts on wildlife
  • Another talk idea? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do

Sessions:

  • Wildlife walks
  • Tracks and Signs
  • Minibeast hunting
  • Bird watching survey
  • Bat Survey
  • Moth trapping and identification
  • Small mammal surveys
  • Wildlife rescue workshop
  • Learning sessions can be tailored to suit your needs, so do contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

2023 onsite session prices:

£3 per child for a 1-hour session (or a minimum price of £60)

£5 for a 2-hour, half-day session (or a minimum price of £90)

£7 for a full day session (or a minimum price of £120)  

Contact our Learning & Engagement Officer to help plan your visit on 01278 768 723 or by emailing learning@secretworld.org 

“Thank you for a fantastic trip. Our children came away from Secret World enthused to learn more about our local wildlife. George was extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the work that you do at Secret World. My colleagues and I can’t wait to return with our future classes.”

Feedback from a teacher at Queens College Pre-Prep School that visited SWWR in January 2023

Online Learning

Live Virtual Workshops

Each session provides a combination of live (or recorded) footage of our rescued wildlife here at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, a presentation, task setting and feedback.

Curriculum Linked Virtual Workshops

Delivered online just for your class. Enjoy seeing our rescued animals wherever you are. You can choose from a menu of topics tailored to suit your needs. We will deliver the session and provide you with information to share with your class after.

Work related learning – KS3 to Post-16

We will support your students to get involved in the day-to-day running of our wildlife rescue centre.

Students will take part in practical, hands-on tasks during a block of visits.  A fantastic way to develop vital employability skills.

This is a great opportunity for students that will benefit from practical learning experiences. In the past we have supported SEN students, young people with mental health needs, and Level 1 Animal Care students.

Contact us on learning@secretworld.org to discuss how we can support your group.

Onsite Learning – Post-16

We offer onsite learning sessions for post-16 students studying Animal Care, which focus on wildlife rehabilitation. 

These bespoke sessions are delivered by our professional Animal Care staff and are based on elements of our Wildlife Courses, which can be adapted to fit the learning objectives of your group.

Details of the Wildlife Courses can be found here.

Please get in touch, learning@secretworld.org , to discuss pricing and how we can fit the needs of your group.

Outreach visits

Outreach visits are available to schools in the Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol areas.  Please get in touch with the learning team, learning@secretworld.org , to discuss a visit to your school. We are happy to adapt the content of the sessions or talk to best suit your topic and learning objectives.

Talks and assemblies:

Our inspiring talks usually cover the work of Secret World Wildlife Rescue, the human impact on some of our casualties, and a chance to find out what you can do to help British wildlife.

Each talk lasts for 40mins, plus time for questions.  They are charged at £60 for 30 pupils and £3 per pupil for any additional numbers, plus mileage at 45p per mile.

Do get in touch to discuss availability.

Outreach workshops:

£3 per pupil for a 1 hour workshop (or a minimum price of £75), suitable for a maximum of 35 pupils.  Mileage is charged at 45p per mile round trip.

We offer a 15% discount for multiple workshops on the same day.

Fundraising

Many groups choose to fundraise for Secret World Wildlife Rescue to cover the cost of an outreach talk, which is a great way to inspire pupils to consider how they can help local wildlife.

Why not have an animal themed non-uniform day or sell some handmade wildlife themed crafts?   For more fundraising ideas or to book a talk, call us on learning@secretworld.org

To make a booking

Email us at learning@secretworld.org

What information is needed to make a booking?

  • Preferred date (and alternative dates if possible)
  • The topic or session that you are interested in
  • Number and year group of your pupils
  • Contact details, including address, phone number and email
  • Details of any special or additional needs or requirements
  • Learning objectives

Need help funding an extracurricular activity or on-site visit?  Speak to your PTA and see if they can help to finance the activity and transport costs. PTAs are often looking for projects to fund that develop children’s learning outside of the classroom. You can also ask them to put on a special fundraising event to raise money to support these visits.

 

Our education programme has been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with special thanks to the generosity of Lottery players