School Trips

School Trips

“The tour was fascinating, and the sessions were interesting and enjoyable. The children and their parents thoroughly enjoyed the day, and we hope to be able to return in the future.”Rabbi Rachel Benjamin, South Bucks Jewish School

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Frogmore Mill is a heritage paper mill with a papermaking machine dating from 1895.  It is a wonderful industrial & environmental activity centre offering a unique and enjoyable learning opportunity for pupils in historic surroundings.  

We offer schools practical, activity-based sessions suitable for students from Reception to Year 13, although older students may prefer our Schools Enterprise activities.  The core content is a Mill Tour and a papermaking activity, with options for a third workshop enabling you to tailor the visit to curriculum need. Our Education Manager is available to help plan the content and you are welcome to arrange a free planning or viewing visit.

There is so much to see and appreciate at Frogmore Mill, we feel that it’s important for you to know what to expect when you visit us.  Our new Visitor Centre was completed in July 2008.  Currently available, our facilities include:

  • Two dedicated and adaptable learning spaces. The smaller accommodating approximately 30 students and the larger 75 students. Suitable for formal teaching sessions and practical activities.
  • A papermaking area where students may make a sheet of paper to take away, learn about the papermaking process and paper history.
  • Letterpress printing demonstration and have-a go area.
  • A braille facility with 2 Perkins Braillers.
  • A Visitor Centre containing many paper related, British Paper Company and John Dickinson information boards and artefacts. The centre also emphasises our site’s importance in paper’s industrial revolution.
  • A fully equipped digital training centre with 14 high-end computer workstations and smartboard teaching aid for use with digital design or enterprise activities.

All education activities take place at our Frogmore Paper Mill and Visitor Centre site in Fourdrinier Way. (Coaches to Frogmore Road entrance please) We focus very much on the environment and sustainability.  Our Recycle for Learning scheme is an educational and environmental enterprise that promotes recycling.

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Our visits are based around the production, use and recycling of paper but cover a wide range of curriculum areas. We offer activities covering:

  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Maths
  • Design & Technology

All visits include a tour of the mill and an opportunity to make a piece of handmade paper.  The tour illustrates how paper is received, pulped and made into new paper products.  By explaining why paper needs to be properly sorted for recycling and promoting the purchase and use of recycled papers we are reinforcing the message to ‘close the loop’.

Typical content of visits have includes:

  • Paper Weaving.
  • Braille.
  • Printing.  The history of printing, letterpress printing.
  • Arts and paper crafts.
  • Upstream challenge.
  • Mulready envelopes, the Penny Post, letter writing
  • Canals and rivers.  The importance of waterways to the economy.  Measuring volume.
  • The Victorians at work in the mill.

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We aim to make your visit interesting, constructive and enjoyable in our fascinating working, industrial location.

The cost is £6.50 per student, with a minimum charge of £80 +VAT.

Visits normally last a maximum of 2½ hours.  It is possible to combine a visit to other local environment and heritage organisations.  

For further information or to book a visit please contact Maureen or Sue on 01442 234600 or email us at education@thepapertrail.org.uk.