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Shepton Mallet Prison – Education Behind Bars Programme

Everything you need to plan your school trip to Shepton Mallet Prison - Education Behind Bars Programme.

Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Ongoing

What we love

Their tours are designed and led by Prison Officers who worked at the prison when it was fully operational.
Your visit will include 3 prison wings, constant watch cells, segregation unit, healthcare, exercise yards and the execution room.
The tour will be adapted to each school year, aligned with the National Curriculum and what you as a teacher wants to achieve.
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School trip offer

Tickets reduced to £13 per student
1 free adult ticket per 15 students (extra tickets £10)
Rate available for school groups of 8+. 1 free adult ticket per 15 students. Extra adult tickets £10. All Education Behind Bars visits will include: Guided Tour led by a Prison Officer, In-Cell Experience, Education Activity (aligned with national curriculum), Self-Guided Discovery Activity, Education Behind Bars Pack for each student, Private Education Room. Add on activities can be included, with a wide range to choose from and each visit can be tailored to your exact requirements. All tickets subject to availability.

We regularly check that the costs and information are the latest and most up-to-date. However, please contact us directly if you need any further information or have a particular question. Unless specified otherwise, all prices include VAT.

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About Shepton Mallet Prison – Education Behind Bars Programme

Shepton Mallet Prison was built in 1625 and closed in 2013, with over 400 years of history to uncover. This iconic heritage site is a unique location for educational visits, and one that not many people get the opportunity to discover.

Many of their current educational visits come to discover more about crime and punishment through the ages, Victorian history, Georgian history, capital punishment, law, rehabilitation, and the effects of crime on the victims and families. As the prison dates back to 1625, it is also frequently visited by students of Architecture, Citizenship, Media Studies, RE and Geography.

The Education Behind Bars Programme is designed by educationalists, aligned with the national curriculum, tailored to your students’ Key Stage and can be adapted according to your needs; along with a wide range of activities that can be included in your visit such as their popular Escape Rooms. Their perceptive ‘In-Cell Experience,’ included on the Guided Tour allows your students to experience the realities of life behind bars.

Your visit will include 3 prison wings, constant watch cells, segregation unit, healthcare, exercise yards and the execution room, including the cell where the condemned prisoner spent his last night (this can be excluded from the tour if preferred).

The tour will be adapted to the school year, curriculum and what you as a teacher want to achieve. As well as being educational, some educational organisations will use the experience as a preventative tool – bringing home the harsh reality of prison life.

“We took over 60 Psychology students to Shepton Mallet Prison. Students took part in a tour of the prison, and 2 activities appropriately titled ‘Cell Escape’ and ‘The Prisoner Experience.’ This experience will be invaluable, as students will be looking at Criminal Psychology topic in Year 11.

Their highly qualified guides raised students’ curiosity to know more about the past and to think critically about the punishment from the Jacobean era to the modern-day. Both guides commented on how lovely and attentive our students were! Thanks again and would definitely go again!”

Wayne Davies, Head of Psychology, Heathfield Community School
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School trip & venue info

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Curriculum links

Subjects: Citizenship, Geography, History, Law, Media Studies, PSHE

Topics: 20th Century, Architecture, Crime & Punishment, Criminology, Georgians, Jacobean Era, Reform & Rehabilitation, The Death Penalty, Victorians

Ages & suitability

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Age Groups: 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Min. Age: Suitable for ages 7+

Things to know

Teachers: 1 free adult ticket per 15 students (extra tickets £10)

Min. Group Size: 8 students

Adult/Student Ratio: At least 2 adults are recommended for every 30 students

SEND: Suitable for children with SEND (please speak to us for more information)

Classroom Facilities: Classroom facilities are available on-site

Toilet Facilities: Toilet facilities are available on-site

Risk Assessment: A risk assessment is available

First Aid: A qualified first aider is on-site at all times

Accessibility

Find out everything you need to know about the Accessibility of this school trip in the link below.

We regularly check that the costs and information are the latest and most up-to-date. However, please contact us directly if you need any further information or have a particular question. Unless specified otherwise, all prices include VAT.

Address

Frithfield Lane
Shepton Mallet
Somerset
BA4 5FQ

Coach parking & drop-off

Coach drop-off area nearby

Times

Mon-Fri:
10am-5pm

Sat & Sun:
10am-5pm

(can open earlier by prior arrangement)

Duration

2 hours, 30 minutes

Dates

Ongoing
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