Some answers to frequently asked questions about your school's visit to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Risk Assessment 2020-21
Are you accepting school visits during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Answer: Yes. We are have put a lot of measures in place to ensure your school groups can still visit us onsite.
Do you have a virtual offer for schools?
Answer: Yes, we have developed a series of virtual workshops, assemblies and supporting resource kits available you to use in your school. This is currently only available for primary schools, but we are working towards a secondary offer too. Please visit our dedicated virtual schools website www.coventrymuseums.org.uk for full details. We also have live Q&A sessions available from the Lunt Roman Fort.
Are there lunch facilities?
Answer: We have limited lunch spaces, so please discuss lunch time options with a member of the booking team when you book your session.
Where can we park?
Answer: School coaches and minibuses can drop off pupils on Bayley Lane (the museum's main entrance) but no parking is available on site. The nearest coach parking is at the White Street coach park.
How can your sessions support the progression of my students?
Answer: Our facilitated sessions have been designed by teacher trained professionals in consultation with local teachers and agencies. We utilise hands-on activities, linked to our exhibitions and collections, to develop transferrable skills and knowledge associated with National Curriculum learning aims. We aim to include cross-curricular elements in each of our sessions, helping you and your pupils to maximise your visit. Our sessions are carefully planned and cater for a range of learning styles, with learning outcomes which can be found on individual topic pages.
Does the Herbert learning team offer bespoke sessions?
Answer: No, we do not offer bespoke sessions but we are able to make adjustments to meet your particular learning outcomes. Please contact us to discuss this before making your booking.
Are the learning sessions adaptable for different age groups and abilities?
Answer: Yes, we are able to adapt our session to make them accessible to your groups learning needs and styles, but ask that you assist us in understanding the level of requirement. We welcome visits from SEN and SEBD groups and are happy to explore how we can deliver our sessions most appropriately for your pupils.
Does the Herbert loan its objects to schools?
Answer: We have recently developed a virtual museums membership scheme for schools, which will give you access to unique online content, virtual workshops and supporting resource kits. For some of the virtual workshops available, accompanying resource kits will be sent to your school for a short-term loan, which support the virtual topic you are using and include real and replica objects, along with learning resources for STEM based activities. Visit www.coventrymuseums.org.uk for full details. Also, if you are a Coventry school, one of our Learning Officers can make a classroom visit to deliver a facilitated session using a range of different objects. Click here for further outreach related information.
How much does it cost to bring a school group?
Answer: Our facilitated sessions are competitively priced at £3.50 per pupil (minimum charge of £105 for group sizes between 12 - 30). Additionally, you could make a day of it and book a second session at £5.50. Due to changes we have made to our schools programming, in line with current COVID-19 safety measures, your second session can only take place at Coventry Transport Museum, which is also included in this special discount deal. For more information please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long is a standard session?
Answer: Sessions last 90 minutes unless stated in the session write-up. We can adjust the timings of the sessions to suit your group, but this may affect the content of the session.
Do you have a risk assessment?
Answer: As part of our safeguarding policy we have risk assessments available for download (see top of the page). These are a comprehensive look at the health and safety requirements of our sessions and can be used by teachers as part of your School Risk Assessment, following education authority and/or DfE guidelines.