Schools Bursary Fund.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our schools’ bursary fund, which can be accessed by visiting schools to subsidise the cost of coach travel to and from the Discovery Centre. We are passionate about our education programme and our aim is to increase its reach so that even more pupils, especially those who don’t get to learn about the beautiful Shropshire countryside too often, can experience the food, history and landscape of this fascinating area.

We believe that teaching children about their environment will help them to love and protect special places as they grow, equipping them with the skills they will need to deal with the environmental challenges of the future.

How does it work?

If you are a school that meets our eligibility criteria (see below), you are welcome to apply to the fund in order to offset some or all of the cost of coach travel to and from the Discovery Centre when you are booked on an educational activity with us. The fund is not bottomless, so the amount we are able to subsidise you will depend upon how competitive the bidding process is and each application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Eligibility criteria.

You will need to write to us to explain why you think your school could benefit from the fund, and your application will then be assessed by a panel of trustees and senior management, whose decision as to whether your application has been successful, and the size of the award, will be final.

We are particularly keen to hear from schools who have an above average number of pupils who receive the pupil premium grant and those in city areas who would receive additional benefit from the visit. If you are unsure about your school’s eligibility, please feel free to contact Stephanie, our education officer on the email address below.

How to apply.

Please apply via email to our education officer, at stephanie.bellows@growcooklearn.co.uk stating the reasons why you feel your school would benefit. If your application is successful, you will need to pay the cost of your travel up front and then supply us with the appropriate invoices so that we can reimburse you.

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