Why do we do these?
When we run our interview sessions we found that many children struggled to talk in an interesting
or informed way about visiting art galleries or museums. This is often a question at interviews
phrased in a variety of ways and it is important to try to demonstrate some wider cultural
awareness — especially when based in a city like London. Our trips are specifically designed to
focus on a few areas that the students can then talk knowledgeably about rather than a vague
comment about having visited certain places.
In the consortium paper of 2016 the persuasive writing section contained the question about whether you found visiting museums boring. We feel that our visits would have helped students to comment on this in an interessting and well informed way.
We run a number of visits to art galleries and museums every year.
National Portrait Gallery
Imperial War Museum
The children are taken in small groups (maximum 4) by taxi to a museum or art gallery. We have a
well defined tour around particular sections of the gallery or museum. The children are expected to
study and think about selected paintings or exhibits. We have thoroughly researched the artists we
focus on or the exhibits, and they are taught some background knowledge and information.
They then go to the educational facilities where they do some creative writing about what they
To receive more information please fill in an enquiry form and we will email you the specific dates
and venues. If you would like your child to go with a group of friends we can arrange that.