This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Historic Royal Palaces with a fantastic opportunity for local schools and school children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

Historic Royal Palaces are offering free school visits and sessions at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace. This opportunity is part of the HRP Access Fund for Schools 2019-20. Places are limited and Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging schools in the area to take advantage of this fund which needs to be applied for by midnight on Friday 3 May.

Jon said: “this is an excellent scheme and I wholly welcome it. I have written to the head teachers of every eligible school in my constituency encouraging them to apply for this opportunity. It is a great chance for young people across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to experience some of the most historically significant buildings in London.”

Eligibility criteria

Schools must demonstrate that they are a state funded primary, secondary or special school located within an inner or outer London borough, and have at least one of the following:

        • ·         30% or more students eligible for Pupil Premium;
        • ·         50% or more students with a first language that is known to be other than English;
        • ·         15% or more students with special educational needs.

These characteristics do not need to be evidenced by special schools.

The Fund is limited, so please apply as early as possible. Assuming applications meet the eligibility criteria, funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  The Fund opens for applications on Monday 11 March 2019.  The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 3 May 2019

For more detail on the terms and conditions for visits booked through the Access Fund for Schools, please see the School Application Form on the HRP website: https://www.hrp.org.uk/schools/access-fund-for-schools/#gs.BP0rXW5j or contact the Fund Administrator at: accessfund@hrp.org.uk