Our work with schools and colleges

We offer a unique experience for your students in our purpose-built study centre and local operating quarries, led by our experienced team of educators. We can accommodate a class of up to 32 students plus support staff on a variety of programmes. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, there is no charge for educational visits, although we're always grateful for any donations towards our running costs.

We teach on many aspects of the quarry industry including quarry processes, uses of Mendip limestone, the history of the Mendip quarry industry, health & safety, environmental impact management, sustainability, careers & industry apprenticeships, STEM in quarry industry and business studies. We also use Vallis Vale and the Centre’s restored quarry location to teach about natural habitats, geography river studies, industrial archaeology, woodland conservation and other environmental topics. All educational material has been developed by our staff and is linked to the National Curriculum and QCA schemes of work. 

All programmes are flexible and can be tailored to your requirements. The following are our most popular education programmes:

Key Stage 2*

 

Key Stage 3 & 4

 

Key Stage 5 

  • The Mendip Quarry Industry and Environmental Impact Management

  • Quarry Impact Mitigation and Restoration of post worked quarries

  • GCSE A level Geology field visits to Mendip operational limestone and andesite quarries.  

  • GCSE Field visits to local Geological SSSI’s at Vallis Vale – De la Beche Unconformity and Tedbury Camp.  

 

University/Higher Education

Please contact us to find our more about our education programmes. We also offer a variety of careers experiences, helping inspire young people about a career in the quarry industry. 

*Please note that Key Stage 2 schools are required to bring at least 1 adult to 8 children. Some sessions may require extra supervision.

 

All visitors must come equipped with suitable outdoor clothing, wellies, shoes for indoors and a packed lunch. Unfortunately, we cannot provide disabled access to operational quarries, but we do have wheelchair accessibility to the centre and adapted toilet facilities. We can discuss mobility access arrangements for field sites when you book.  

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"Thank you to you and the other staff who made our visit such a success. We ran a quiz yesterday and you would not believe what had been learnt!"

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Somerset Earth Science Centre Limited | Registered in England: 5717320 | Somerset Earth Science Centre is a registered Charity No 1122738

Registered Address: Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5JU

The Somerset Earth Science Centre is sponsored by Aggregate Industries, Hanson, Morris & Perry, Tarmac and John Wainwright & Company