Schools & Teachers FAQ

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about school visits to Brooklands Museum.

Keeping you safe

Brooklands Museum is welcoming school groups on days we are also open to the public. To inquire about specific dates, you can email the Learning & Engagement Officer on learning@brooklandsmuseum.com

  • If you, your students, or adult supervisors are feeling unwell, have a high temperature (over 38 degrees), persistent cough or shortness of breath, please stay at home.
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning to our toilets, exhibits, high-contact areas, and education rooms.
  • Lunchrooms are thoroughly cleaned post-visit and are not used again until the next group visit, so you will always arrive to a fresh, clean lunchroom for you to use throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitisers are located throughout the Museum.
  • We encourage the use of face coverings (if you are able to wear one) particularly in indoor areas, as this may reduce the risk of transmission to your group and others. This is especially important in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • For the safety of our workshop facilitators, face coverings worn by anyone over the age of 11 are encouraged during interactive workshops, unless exempt.
  • Social distancing is practised at the Museum and will be monitored by our staff and volunteers.
  • Wherever possible, windows and doors will be left open to increase ventilation and fresh airflow.
  • In some cases, we have had to temporarily suspend activities or exhibits where we cannot maintain social distancing or adequately clean between visitors. For more information on these changes read our Visitor Safety FAQ
Risk Assessments

Our General Hazards Risk Assessment can be downloaded here

Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be downloaded here

Group sizes and capacity

To maintain the safety of visiting school groups we have made changes to the maximum number of pupils we can accommodate at one time. If you would like to visit with a group of more than 90 pupils, please contact the Learning & Engagement Officer by calling 01932 857381 ext. 258 or by emailing learning@brooklandsmuseum.com

 

Your school visit journey
  • A pre-visit information pack, including your visit timetable, will be sent to you a fortnight before your visit
  • Schools can arrive when the Museum opens at 10:00am and will be greeted at the Main Visitor Entrance by a member of staff.
  • You can choose between a self-guided visit or a visit with additional activities, such as guided tours or workshops.
  • Guided tours last 45 mins each and are scheduled to take place in the morning before lunch.
  • The afternoon consists of either additional workshops or self-guided exploration of our exhibitions.
  • You can book one of our Activity Rooms as part of your visit, which is allocated to you for the day and can be used to store bags and eat packed lunches.

Click here for guided tours and workshops by Key Stage

Length of a visit

We recommend allocating 4 hours for your educational visit to Brooklands Museum. Schools can arrive when the Museum opens at 10:00am and typically depart between 1:30pm-2:30pm. 

Adult Supervisors

We ask that school groups bring appropriate adult supervision, as children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor at all times. School groups can bring a number of adults to the Museum free of charge, depending on the age of the students. Our adult to child ratio is:

  • Early Years and Foundation: one adult to two children
  • Key Stage 1 and 2: one adult to six students
  • Key Stage 3 and 4: one adult to ten students
  • College and University: one adult to ten students

If you are bringing extra adults with your group, they will be charged Admission to the Museum. Admission is £14.50 per adult supervisor.

Facilities

Restrooms and toilets are available across site, and those in the Clubhouse are easily accessible from the Activity Rooms and lunch spaces. 

You can book one of our Activity Rooms free-of-charge as part of your visit, which is allocated to you for the day and can be used to store bags and eat packed lunches.

Guided tours and interactive workshops

We offer guided tours and workshops to all age groups, from Nursery to University. We have made some changes to our guided tours and workshops, so we can deliver safe, enjoyable, and engaging activities to your students.

  • Single-use workshop materials are prepared in advance and are not shared with or used by other school groups.
  • Some workshops utilise recycled materials and equipment, which are sanitised with disinfectant wipes after use.

Click here for guided tours and workshops by Key Stage

Home Educators

Home Educators can visit the Museum with other Home Educator groups to book our Schools Admissions rates and activities. You will need a group of at least 15 school-aged children and a ratio of 1 adult (free of charge) to 3 children applies.

Additional children under 5 years old attending with a Home Educator group are not charged for Admission but will be charged the listed price for any guided tours or workshops they are participating in.

This offer covers term time only and cannot be extended to school holidays or weekends. Home Educators visiting with less than 15 children can book tickets here.

Pre-visit Recces for Teachers
  • Our full schools' Risk Assessment will be provided upon booking.
  • Teachers have the option to book a complimentary pre-visit recce to Brooklands Museum during opening hours in order to complete a Risk Assessment.
  • If you are unable to visit the Museum for a recce in person, you can contact our Learning & Engagement Officer for more information about your visit by calling 01932 857381 ext. 258 or by emailing learning@brooklandsmuseum.com
Payment, Cancellation and Amendments
  • Your school will be invoiced after your visit. Invoices can be paid by BACS, cheque or credit/debit card.
  • Amendments to your booking can be made up to 14 days prior to your visit without incurring any amendment fees. 
  • If your student numbers are reduced by more than 15 students less than 14 days prior to your visit, your school will be charged for the number of students quoted for in this document.  
  • Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your visit will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the educational visit cost quoted in this document. Cancellations made less than 5 days prior to your visit will incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the educational visit cost. Cancellations must be made in writing to learning@brooklandsmuseum.com 
  • Cancellation fees will be waived if educational groups are unable to visit due to local coronavirus restrictions.
How to Book

If you are ready to make your booking, please fill in the Request to book an educational visit Form here.

  • Once you submit the form, a member of staff will contact you to confirm your educational visit.
  • If you would like more information about a potential educational visit to Brooklands Museum, or would simply like to have an informal chat about how we can accommodate you and your students, you are welcome to contact our Learning & Engagement Officer by calling 01932 857381 ext. 258 or by emailing learning@brooklandsmuseum.com