Learning visit FAQs
What is the maximum number of students you can take per visit?
The maximum capacity for the Learning Programme is 180 students per day. Large partiesmust divide into smaller groups whilst they are on the Park. Workshops and guided tours can accommodate up to 30 students.
How many adults do I need to bring?
We follow the NSPCC guidelines for supervision ratios. For Key Stage 1/ Foundation Stage you must have a minimum staff:student ratio of 1:5, for Key Stage 2 the minimum ratio is 1:6, and for Secondary age groups 1:10.
One staff member may attend free of charge for every five students. Please contact us if the needs of your students require you to bring a higher ratio of carers.
What do we need to bring?
- Outdoor clothing suitable for the weather (your guided tour will take place outside)
- Sensible shoes (sharp heeled footwear cannot be worn inside our historic buildings)
- Packed lunches (these must be distributed in advance of your arrival)
- Any resources you may like to use in your self-guided time
When can we arrive and depart the site?
You will be allocated an arrival time between 10:00 and 10:30 and a corresponding departure time between 14:00 and 14:30. Due to the number of visiting groups and limited space on the site, these must be adhered to. Any unscheduled changes may delay your entry to the Park.
What happens when we arrive?
On arrival groups will be met at their coach by a member of staff. Coach parking is provided at Stadium MK, home to the MK Dons football club; your driver will be briefed on how to locate the coach park. Drivers must return to site 10 minutes before the allocated departure time. Parking is available on-site for school minibuses and cars only. Groups arriving by train should report to the Porters’ Lodge by the entrance.
Can workshop and tour times be adjusted if we arrive late?
For groups taking part in the Learning Programme, if you arrive later than expected we will endeavour to accommodate your group but please be aware we cannot guarantee changes and your itinerary may be affected.
Can our students explore the park by themselves?
The park is open to the public and the grounds are spread across a wide area with multiple buildings and a lake. For safeguarding reasons it is important that students are supervised and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Do we have to request a time slot to visit the shop?
You can visit the shop at any point during your self-guided time. Due to space restrictions only 10 students are permitted in the shop at any one time and they must be supervised and accompanied by a member of your visit staff. Please note the shop is often very busy around school departure times.
Can my group store their bags somewhere?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide storage areas for bags, lunch crates or other items.
Can we visit the site before our trip, to help us prepare?
Yes! We strongly encourage teachers to carry out a pre-visit. Once a provisional booking is in place, up to three teachers from the school may visit free of charge by arrangement – please contact the Learning Department to book this.
We are looking to visit The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on the same day. Can we book that through you?
The TNMOC is a separate organisation on the grounds of Bletchley Park. Bookings can be made by contacting (0)1908 374708. If you decide to visit please let us know so we can adjust timings accordingly.