Have a read of what our Bursary Fund did for Hawthornes Free School, Bootle.
“Our young people live in a typical urban environment and have limited experiences of rural and mountainous areas. The field trip benefitted in that they were able to experience this landscape first hand, whilst appreciating how tourism in a National Park operates.
Many of our young people will not have spent time away from home before without parents, so I could visibly see their confidence develop through the time that they spent together as a group.
Teaching from the tutors at the centre is always outstanding and tailored to the needs of our children. Tutors are patient and understanding at all times. The accommodation is of a high standard and the food is delicious. The sustainable aim of FSC appeal to me and the values that I try to pass onto children.
All of the centre staff have children at the heart of their work. They are well prepared, professional and excellent role models. Their subject knowledge is second to none. Cannot thank them highly enough.
Whilst I would always choose to use FSC for residential fieldwork based upon previous experiences, the fact that the Bursary Grant is available for schools solidifies this decision. I am passionate about education for disadvantaged students and it pleases me greatly that FSC feel this way too. Students who have very limited opportunities outside of where they live are offered the opportunity to experience residential fieldwork through the grant.
Without access to the grant I would probably have had to look at one day fieldwork opportunities, rather than a residential experience. I choose a residential option for the reason that it allows students to bond as groups, but it also provides me with focused time in which students can produce high quality work. Ever since using FSC to complete controlled assessment every student has obtained at least a grade C in their work. I have no doubt that this would not be the case if as a school we had to look at other options due to not being able to fund a residential trip.
As a school we would never just have taken students who could afford the cost of the trip, so would definitely not run a residential trip without access to the Bursary Grant.
“Sir, can we just stay here for a few more days, I don’t want to go home”
Year 11 student.
“Seeing students engage in fieldwork and have a passion for learning outside of the classroom is what geography is all about. FSC and the Bursary Grant allow this to happen for students who may not otherwise have this opportunity. A memory that they will take away from school with them.”
John Barlow, Assistant Headteacher