NOT JUST FUN & THRILLS
Welcome to THORPE PARK: Fun, Thrills &
Full of Facts
This is the beginning of a whistle stop
tour of education at one of the UK’s
best loved theme parks and an
overview of how a visit to the Nation’s
thrill capital, THORPE PARK, can
benefit your educational needs.
What I am going to try and give you
today is an insight into, is how THORPE
PARK is more than just fun and thrills
and how it can leave your students
engaged with your subject and
wanting to learn more.
Welcome, to the UK’s most THRILLING
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU THINK
OF SCHOOL TRIPS?
QUESTION: Take 30 seconds to jot
down a few things that you think of
when you think of school trips.
TURNING AROUND MISCONCEPTIONS
ABOUT EDUCATION AT THORPE PARK
What we want to do today, is move your opinion away
from (what you’ve just said). After research was
conducted by THORPE PARK a few years ago,most
peoplethought thatthat school trips were aboutabout
o Small kids looking to scream
o Teenagers looking for adrenaline
o And teachers ending up so bored, they end up
THORPE PARK education sessions are far more about
o Seeing processes in action
o Learning about them
o And then experiencing them, or putting into
practice what you’ve learnt (i.e. how gravity makes
a rollercoaster work or customer service on site)
At the end of your day, we hope that that your students
trip to THORPE PARK, is the one that they will always
remember, for being fun, thrilling and informative and
that they can take away valuable information that they
will use within their studies.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN
QUESTION: What would you want to
get out of an education session or
WHAT THORPE PARK CAN OFFER
THORPE PARK can offer some of the
most interactive workshops that allow
your students from Key Stages 3 &4to
really engage with the subjects that
they are studying. We can offer
workshops in national curriculum
subjects such as:
oGeography & the Environment
oDesign & Technology
As well extra-curricular activities such
oHealth & Safety
That can really help your students to
understand how Theme Parks work
and the sort of jobs that they could get
involved in, in the future.
THORPE PARK can offer some fantastic resources for
teachers and students, from the planning stages of
your trip, right up to stuff to get you really involved
with the park on the day of your visit.
o Making your trip a fun but safe day is one of our
top priorities. We offer teachers a number of
free tickets for the chance to visit THORPE PARK
before the day of your trip, so that you can
complete risk assessments and ask us about any
concerns you may have.
o We also offer teachers planning packs so that
you can prepare students for what they are
going to learn on their day out, and follow up
your day out with sessions when you’re back in
the classroom. A visit to THORPE PARK provides
education for more than just one day!
o We offer students activity packs so that they can
get really involved with everything on park, and
so that they have a way of remembering what
they did they’re day trip (although who could
forget a trip to THORPE PARK?)
o We’re also able to provide students with
valuable information about the subject that
you’re planning to study. For example – in our
ICT resource, we explain how ICT has an
everyday role in our park.
o Or in our info graphics, we show you give all the
facts about out top rides!
HANDS ON ACTION
With some of the UK’s most iconic
rides and attractions in it back garden,
THORPE PARK allows your students to
have a really fun day out, whilst
experiencing some of the things that
they’ve learnt about. For example,
they’ll be able to see right before
oHow colossus stays on the track
whilst it does that loop the loop
oHow Stealth gets so fast
oOr how do the lap bars stay in place
whilst on SAW
THORPE PARK also offers students the
chance to really engage with rides and
attractions on site, by offering
assignments that can be completed
on day trips
This provides a real insight into how
the attraction operates and allows
students to bond as part of a team in
order to collate results.
Its more than just general class
assignment – it gives your students the
responsibility to work in the field,
whilst team building.
We realise that sometimes THORPE
PARK isn’t always open when you’re
planning an education session.
That’s why we’ve developed our
outreach program, which brings into
the classroom content from a range of
different workshops, designed to
inspire students without leaving the
Although there’s nothing better than
actually being at THORPE PARK for an
education session, these programmes
offer a real hands on and practical
approach to the world of learning.
We even bring a range of tools to
assist us, from sign and rollercoaster
kinects – to a set of rollercoaster
HOW THORPE PARK LINKS TO THE
You might be wondering how your
subject actually links to a day out at
It might not seem very obvious, but
almost everything that happens here,
relates back to what you’re teaching
Let’s have a look at a couple of brief
subjects and see how your students
can get the most out of our brand!
GEOGRAPHY& THE ENVIRONMENT AT
As my specialist subject is Geography, I
thought we’d have a look into this very
oThrough the subject of geography,
we learn about the location factors
that are key to the success of the
oTHORPE PARK is located in the
South East of England very close to
From this map, can you think of any
factors that influence that success of
o One of the biggest factors influencing THORPE PARK’s
success is its close proximity to London and the direct
links that it has from two of the country’s biggest stations
– WATERLOO and CLAPHAM JUNCTION, linking the park
the rest of the country.
o It’s also very close to one of the world’s biggest
international airports – HEATHROW, linking the park to
the rest of the world.
o THORPE PARK also has some great road connections,
being situated right next to two major motorways, the
M25 & M3. Local roads also connect the park very well
such as the A3.
o The local communityalso has a major impact on the park.
The large population of Staines on Thames allows the
park to fill a high percentage of the jobs available
throughout the year. Jobs are also created from the park
being close by, with hotels and B&B’s being set up for
park visitors to stay in. The nearest train station to the
park is also located in Staines.
o Being situated within a developed tourist area also has its
benefits. This helps to gain planning permission when
new attractions are proposed.
o The close proximity to other Merlin attractions can also
have a positive and negative impact on the park. With
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and Chessington World of
Adventures Resort close by, this may influence local
visitors to purchase products such as a Merlin Annual
Pass. This close proximity may also have a detrimental
effect as people, especially day visitors that may decide to
go to different attractions.
Now if we zoom in a bit closer you’ll
again be able to see just how close the
park is to those major road
o It’s also important that park is located within an area
that has a lot of open space.
o When people have travelled from all around the
country by car – they need somewhere to leave it
when they arrive at the attraction. At peak times –
that’s a lot of cars!
o Did you know that THORPE PARK’s car park, is almost
the same size as the park its self? The red line on this
map shows the size of the car park in comparison to
o With the park increasing in size it’s important that
there’s extra land available around it in order to
expand vital facilities such as this one.
o It’s also important to have that extra space ready for
developments in the future such as new rides, or new
facilities so that people keep wanting to come back to
o Did you know that where The SWARM stands used to
be an area of water? To build this great new ride, a
new small island was created. In Geography and
Environment workshops, we can also go into much
greater detail about how this was done.
o With a park as big and popular as THORPE PARK, it’s
important that its well connected to resources such as
water and power. Failure of resources such as these
can have a really negative impact on the way the park
So that’s a very brief overview of how
location affects THORPE PARK
Within the subject – we also
concentrate on things such as:
oSocial & Economic issues that affect
both the park and surrounding
oSustainability and human resources
SPEED, DISTANCE & TIME
We can also get students to really
interact with subjects such as speed,
time and distance in real time through
our amazing rides.
To show you how we do this, in a very simple
way – I want you to watch this video of Tidal
Wave. You will need to take note of its speed
Now, were going to have a go at plotting this
on the graph in front of you. Can you plot how
this fast the boat is traveling over time?
So let’s have a quick look and see if you are
So as the boat travels up the hill, it is initially
As it turns round and approaches the drop, it
speeds up a little
Then when it goes down the drop, it speeds
up rapidly, to 45mph, and drenches everyone
at the bottom with that wave!
This is how our rides can really help your
students to engage with your subject – as
they can help to visualise subjects in
We can do this with many other rides
around the park including:
o SAW – The Ride, showing how
marketing and partnerships bring rides
to life! AND
o Stealth, we can show how we use
maths to calculate the speed so that it
gets over that huge climb
Don’t forget, we can also show you things
o How our brilliant staff provide you
with amazing customer service on
your day visit
o And how we take Health and Safety
seriously. Our rides meet strict
standards and this is one of our top
HOW EASY IS IT TO BOOK A TRIP?
So how can you book a trip to THORPE
Booking is really simple!
oYou can book online via our
oCall us where one of our friendly
advisors will be able to create a
package to suit your needs,
oOr even email us with details or
questions about your visit!
We make planning your trip really
SUMMARY: HOW THORPE PARK IS
So, as we’re very near the end of this presentation
now – can you all tell me one thing that you’ve
learnt from today’s session?
Every year, over 20,000 school children of all
different ages attend workshops at THORPE PARK.
In the past we’ve had positive reviews from many
of them – including the following.
We believe that THORPE PARK is one of the best
places to take a school trip because of the
possibility to put subjects into a practical context,
something which students may not have had
chance to do before.
Its not just about work when you’re on the park!
We can provide resources for the lead up to your
visit and to follow up your trip when you’re back in
We hope you’ll always remember the day that you
visited THORPE PARK with you group. THORPE
PARK offers a fantastic and memorable experience
for both students and teachers.