Visiting Sarehole Mill
This page contains comprehensive information for teachers bringing pupils on a visit to Sarehole Mill, it includes pre-visit and on the day information.
Sarehole Mill offers an extensive programme of taught sessions and self-guided activities for school groups aged 4 – 18 and welcomes SEN groups and home education groups.
Pupils will be able to explore this magnificent 250 year working old water mill, discovering how people lived and worked here a long time ago. Many taught sessions are themed around National Curriculum topics, and local history is at the forefront of our programme at Sarehole Mill. Our outdoor setting makes it the perfect place to give your topics a local perspective, such as exploring the River Cole for your Rivers topic, discovering a local Prehistoric site, or creating literacy fairytales inspired by the famous J.R.R Tolkien who spent his childhood growing up at Sarehole. Pupils will develop key skills and gain valuable knowledge for subjects such as geography, history, art and literacy.
Cole Bank Road
For enquiries or to make a booking contact the Education Bookings Team on 0121 348 8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are a first time visitor to Sarehole Mill it is recommended that a member of your teaching staff attends a pre-visit. Proof of teacher status must be shown at the ticket desk on entry (e.g. General Teaching Council membership, union membership card or signed headed school paper). Please contact the bookings team to arrange this.
Sarehole Mill is primarily an outdoor site, and many of the sessions have an outdoor element or take place entirely outside. These sessions will continue outside rain or shine, and will only be brought indoors for extreme weather conditions, where pupils can take part in wet weather alternative activities. It is therefore essential that children come prepared for outdoor activities with appropriate footwear, waterproofs, coats and hats in cold weather and water bottles in hot weather.
All taught sessions take place within the historic building of Sarehole Mill, as well as the surrounding outdoor environment, giving pupils a truly immersive experience. The taught sessions have been designed by a specially trained Learning Officer with expertise in museum education.
Taught sessions are active, hands-on and multi-sensory; appealing to all learning abilities and learning styles. Sessions include object handling, dressing up in costume, role-play and for all art sessions a practical art activity is included.
Due to the nature of the site only one taught session can take place at one time. We can however accommodate two school groups on site at the same time. Please see the information on the workshop pages on how we can accommodate this.
Taught sessions can sometimes be adapted to fit with a particular classroom topic. Please get in touch to find out if this is possible for your group.
Self-guided visits are only available in the grounds of Sarehole Mill. These visits are free of charge and available all year around but schools must pre-book and hire one of our activity packs to support their visit. The packs are designed to provide support to your visit, allowing you to self-lead and explore the site, whilst providing fun activities for pupils to participate in, as well as all the resources necessary to complete them. Only one school group at a time may come on a self-guided visit due to the nature of the site. To plan and book your self-guided visit please contact our bookings team.
All of our taught sessions are available for home education groups. We can adapt the content of the taught sessions to fit with mixed age groups, abilities and needs. A minimum charge may apply.
Disabled access is available to some areas of Sarehole Mill; however, as a listed building we have been unable to install a lift within the mill. Therefore those in wheelchairs will be unable to access the upper floor of the mill. The other two floors can be accessed via wheelchair, and these are the two main floors of the mill.
We can adapt our taught sessions to use the ground floor and first floor only however, allowing all of your class to participate in the session together.
Pupils must be briefed about what to expect from their visit prior to arriving on site, and must be dressed accordingly. Wellies are essential when booking Rivers, otherwise pupils must have sturdy footwear. Changes of socks and footwear are recommended for pupils to change into if they get wet. Please bring waterproofs, and hats, gloves, scarves and lots of layers in cold weather. Stilettos are strictly forbidden.
Goodie bags are available to pre-order and can either be paid for on the day or via invoice to your school. We have two options of goodie bags to order:
- £1 - postcard, pencil and eraser
- £2 - postcard, pencil, eraser and notebook
Goodie bags contain items in a random selection of colours (see bottom of page for images) and are subject to availability. To pre-order your bags please contact Sarehole Mill on 0121 348 8160.
Pupil / Teacher Ratio
- For Foundation and Key Stage 1 groups a minimum of 1 adult to every 6 children is required.
- For Key Stage 2 and over a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 children is required.
A failure to meet these ratios may result in your session being cancelled upon arrival at the mill.
On the Day Information
School groups should arrive 15 minutes before the start of their first taught session. This will allow for pupils to disembark from the coach, drop off lunch bags and visit the toilets before going into the mill.
Late arrival may result in your taught sessions being shortened. Sessions cannot be carried over due to other groups and activities around the mill.
Coach Drop Off and Parking
Coaches are welcome to drop pupils off outside the main gates of the mill on Cole Bank Road. Coaches may remain parked outside the main gates for the duration of the session if they wish.
For mini-buses and cars, there is a free car park next to the mill where they can park.
There are 2 gates for the mill. The main one is located on Cole Bank Road. The other side gate is the entrance from the free car park. Both gates will be open on your arrival. Please make your way through the gates and into the courtyard of the mill. A Learning Officer will be waiting to greet you.
There is one classroom which is used for workshops and as a lunch space. An exhibition space next to the classroom can be adapted to be used as an additional education space or lunch space to accommodate two classes on site at the same time.
We are a small heritage site and have no designated areas for lunch. We have an classroom where we deliver our workshops and this is also used for lunches.
On a nice day you are welcome to eat your lunch in our courtyard or move to the field next to us.
There is a small kitchen area for teachers and adults where they can use the kettle. Please note all tea, coffee, milk and sugar supplies must be brought with you on the day. During our closed season the café is not available and we have no vending machines, so adults must bring their own lunch and drinks.
There is not a dedicated school cloakroom but teachers and pupils may leave their belongings in the classroom (if this has been pre-booked for use by your group) which is a secure space, but it is recommended to keep high value items on you at all times.
Toilets are available as well as an accessible toilet (a key must be collected from the main reception for access to this). We ask that all children use the toilets before the taught session to avoid disruption.
The shop is open all year round and is open from 12noon. If you have booked a morning session, please inform when booking if you wish to use the shop and we will make sure it is open early for you. Pupils are welcome to visit the shop as part of their day. We ask that a maximum of 6 pupils visit the shop at one time.
- It is the responsibility of the class teachers and accompanying adults to control the behaviour of pupils
- Taught sessions take place within the mill where machinery is often in operation, or in an outdoor environment, including public spaces. Artefacts in the mill should not be touched unless permission is granted by museum staff
- Pupils are expected to show respect, listen to the to museum staff and follow instructions
- Adults must stay with the pupils at all times
- Pupils should not be led away from the Learning Officer unless instructed to do so and no one is to exit the building unless escorted by a member of Sarehole Mill’s staff
Photography is permitted.