Edina Trust funds travel bursary scheme for underserved schools

The Oxford Trust is delighted to announce that we have secured funding that will help more schools to be able to visit our new Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park in Headington. The Edina Trust has generously offered to support travel bursaries for the schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire who have the highest proportions of pupils receiving free school meals. During the 2019–20 academic year, the funding will enable us to cover the cost of coach transport for school visits from this specific group of schools, which often find travel costs a barrier.

Bridget Holligan, Director of Education & Engagement, said “We have been looking at ways of making a visit to the Science Oxford Centre accessible to all primary schools across the region. Schools with a high proportion of children who have free school meals are also often the schools that simply cannot afford to run school trips. This Edina Trust funding will enable us to reach those schools and engage with more young people about STEM through our hands-on approach.”

Each eligible school can book one visit to the centre – whether that’s one, two or three groups/classes, up to a maximum of 100 pupils.

The Edina Trust’s main charitable purpose is to support science education at primary school level. They currently run a successful Science Grant Scheme that offers grants to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries and special schools in designated geographical areas.

The Trust strives to place science at the heart of culture in our region so that everyone, irrespective of age of background, can develop scientific knowledge and understanding so we are particularly pleased to have support from the Edina Trust.

Schools interested in finding out more this travel bursary offer cane-mail [email protected]or phone us on 01865 810000 for additional information.