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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Teacher Feedback

Thursday 3rd November 2016 - 09:58 They were amazing
Had a fantastic time! Well organised and we couldn't praise your staff highly enough- they were amazing! Thank you!

Year 2
Wednesday 19th October 2016 - 15:17 I request a longer visit!
Fantastic organisation and such a safe and friendly place for a school trip.

Year 5 teacher
Thursday 6th October 2016 - 15:15 Outstanding school trip
We came last year and will definitely be back again! The school trip linked perfectly with our 'space explorers' learning topic. Staff are amazing, very knowledgeable and extremely helpful with the organisation. Thank you!

Year 2 teachers
Friday 23rd September 2016 - 14:25 Thank you
Wanted to say a massive thank you for today- the kids absolutely loved it and when I said 'did you have a good time' on the bus just before we got back there was an enormous 'YES!'. It's amazing how every time (we visit) there's something new, and how you keep all the really good old stuff without getting rid of it- something that happens all to often these days.

Year 8 Group
Tuesday 17th May 2016 - 16:15 We'll be back
Thank you to your team for a well structured and well organised day. So many different types of science covered in one place. We'll be back.

Year 3 / 4
Wednesday 27th April 2016 - 17:26 Completely successful school trip!
The children were engaged for every moment of the day. They learned and shared and worked together. It gave them ideas for experiments they wanted to do and areas of science they wanted to learn more about. Having both inside and outside learning areas was marvellous because it gave them chance to turn their energy into enthusiasm. When we were on the coach on the way there they asked if there was a play area- and I told them there would be no free time - lots of complaints! On the way back all I was asked is 'if we could make bridge at school please' and lots of 'did you see...'Parent helpers were also very impressed and coming back with their family. Hidden jewel- great day, thanks.

Yrs 2- 5 Teachers
Wednesday 27th April 2016 - 13:57 Thank all the wonderful people
Everyone had an amazing time and learned lots about lots!
Please thank all the wonderful people who showed us around.

Year 2 / 3 Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator
Thursday 10th March 2016 - 17:40 Mesmerized for the whole day
We can't thank you enough for making our day (yesterday) an unforgettable one. Every single adult on our trip was hugely impressed with the organisation, educational resources and with the staff. The taught sessions were pitched to an entirely appropriate level and the girls were mesmerised for the whole day.

Year 1
Thursday 10th March 2016 - 16:38 Just right for their needs
Thank you for such a fun and informative visit. The children really consolidated their learning on light, sound and electricity. A special mention to the member of staff who ran our light and colour workshop. She had a great way with our children (all with speech and language difficulties) and pitched the session just right for their needs.

Key Stage 2 staff
Wednesday 9th March 2016 - 13:59 Good range of activities
Excellent, helpful staff. Fantastic Telescope Tour clearly explained so children could understand and learn lots. Very reasonably priced items in gift shop. Organised staff. Good range of activities organised by staff.

Year 6
Friday 5th February 2016 - 13:24 Super Day
Very happy with the content of the day. The science show (Newton in Motion) was excellent. Thank you for a super day.

Year 3
Monday 1st February 2016 - 09:02 Amazing
The trip was for enrichment and support of a theme. It was a lovely, well organised and informative day. The staff were amazing.

Year 5
Tuesday 17th November 2015 - 15:17 Very Successful Evening
On behalf of all our KS2 children who attended yesterday afternoon and evening, we would like to say an enormous thank you for organising a tremendous and very successful evening.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Group Organiser
Thursday 12th November 2015 - 14:47 We will definitely be back
I was sticking some fantastic photos of our recent trip in the children's learning journals with comments that said:
'best school trip ever!' and 'I learnt loads of stuff'.
When probed about what 'stuff' was I got an incredibly great detailed account of all that they had learnt. It transpired that so much 'stuff' had been learnt it could only be summed up in one word ' 'stuff!'. I suggested that 'stuff' might actually be science!.
Suffice to say we all had a thoroughly energising and inspiring day- thank you to everyone involved in making our trip so worthwhile. We will definitely be back.

Year 4 Teacher - and pupils!
Wednesday 29th July 2015 - 14:34 Thank you for all your organisation
Thank you so much for another wonderful day. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There is always so much to see and do-the Mechanicals exhibition and workshop were very good and the show really excellent. Thank you for all your organisation- it all makes for a very easy trip.

Summer School organiser: KS3
Tuesday 21st July 2015 - 12:24 Thank you
We really appreciated how the staff showed genuine interest and enjoyment with our group - Thank you.
For the age of our group we enjoyed the freedom that they had to explore.

Summer School Years 8-10
Monday 13th July 2015 - 11:43 Thank you
Thank you for a great day and your hard work. Thank you for accommodating our early departure time.

Year 7 leader
Friday 10th July 2015 - 12:05 Everyone enjoyed themselves- even the adults!
We had a wonderful time and the day was so well organised. It was great to know there were set times for each school to be in an area. I have found on outings to other places when you have to 'share' the areas at the same time that it is often the older children who dominate the activities. By moving the schools around you have none of that problem.
I know the children enjoyed it as there was a school bbq that evening and many parents told me their child had not stopped talking about the visit. Hopefully this will be the spark to ignite their future science development.

Year 2
Friday 3rd July 2015 - 16:47 Thank you for giving us all such a wonderful day
I wanted let you know that we all had a wonderful day at The Observatory. You and your colleagues were all so welcoming and had such a lovely manner with the children. The day was extremely well organised and ran very efficiently and the children all loved the activities and learnt a lot from the Science show, bridge building and exhibits.
Thank you for giving us all such a wonderful day.

Year 1 / 2
Wednesday 1st July 2015 - 14:01 They had a wonderful day
I have visited the science centre many times with groups of children and it has always been very successful. We had a great time. Thank you very much.

Year 5 / 6
Wednesday 1st July 2015 - 11:14 We shall be back next year!
What a fantastic day we had yesterday!
All children and adults were buzzing all the way back to school. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality and attention to details - we shall be back next year!

Year 1
Friday 26th June 2015 - 11:33 Another wonderful day
Many thanks again for organising another wonderful day at the observatory for our students.

Year 7
Thursday 25th June 2015 - 15:20 Very informative
I thought the IR workshop was delivered very well, captured the audience's attention and was very informative.

Teacher Year 7
Thursday 18th June 2015 - 14:27 It was perfect!
Thank you- an amazing day!
It was perfect!
Would you recommend a visit to other teachers? YES- absolutely!

Year 5
Tuesday 16th June 2015 - 17:28 Lovely day
Thank you to everyone involved for a lovely day, wish we could have been there longer.

Year 4
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - 11:15 Learning can be fun!!
Thank you so much - every year we have a fabulous time. The children get so much out of it. Learning can be fun!!

Trips Organiser: Years 3 - 6
Friday 22nd May 2015 - 14:29 Learned so much
Thank you. It was a great day and the children learned so much from it.

Year 5
Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 11:17 Enthusiastic about the day
A thoroughly enjoyable day. The children and staff were, without exception, enthusiastic about the day.

Year 3/4
Tuesday 12th May 2015 - 09:12 Full of praise and enthusiasm
It is a few weeks since our trip but I have been intending to write and thank you ever since. They had an absolutely wonderful day and the adults and children came back to school full of praise for the staff and enthusiasm for the telescope tour activity and for the fun day they all enjoyed.
Thank you also for being so flexible about dates (when we were booking).

Year 5 Co-ordinator
Tuesday 28th April 2015 - 10:58 Fantastic!
The students and staff really enjoyed the day. The resources on offer were top quality and I would thoroughly recommend going to any other school and families. Well done in running such an enjoyable and useful place.

Teacher KS3 SEN
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 17:52 Children still talk about it!
It was a very active and inspiring trip, thoroughly enjoyed by all children and adults attending. Well organised, presented and fun filled throughout. Thank you so much.. the children still talk about it!

Teacher Year 4
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 14:02 We will be returning next year
I would just like to send my thanks on behalf of Year 7 / 8 Science club, who visited your science centre. The students had a fabulous day out and were full of enthusiasm during their visit. The staff organisation was brilliant and it allowed the day to pass without incident.

The students found the Observatory to be quite fascinating and I know that a number of them would like to visit again during the evening, with the possibility of viewing some stars and planets.

Once back at school, we discussed the day out and their reactions were very positive: Brilliant, Awesome, Wonderful, I’m going to ask my family to bring me back, summed up their experiences.

Thank you again. We will be returning next year with another group.

KS3 Trip Leader
Monday 20th April 2015 - 14:00 Buzzing
A thoroughly enjoyable day- the children were buzzing about it afterwards. They all wrote letters to thank you!

Teacher Year 4 class
Friday 13th March 2015 - 15:38 Fun and Educational
An excellent and well organised trip. Lots of interesting activities. Very hands-on: Fun and Educational.

Teacher Year 7
Tuesday 10th March 2015 - 15:27 What a rare opportunity
I have never heard so many children say (at various times during the day) 'This is the best visit I have even been on'.
The children loved the fact that they got to participate in everything from the moment they stepped through the door.
What a rare opportunity to be actively involved (and learning) for a whole day. It was great and I know that all of our parent helpers and the children plan to come back as they all thought it was so amazing.
We would really like to thank the staff for being so kind and welcoming. The groups ran smoothly from location to location with enough time to see everything, including the show and bridges.
The Bridge Building ticked boxes for Science and DT which is just super. The children can't wait to make their own bridges next week!
The show was very well put together with lots of action and practical examples to help children understand Newton's Laws.
I can't wait for next year to roll around for another visit.
Thanks for a GREAT day!

Teacher Year 5
Thursday 5th March 2015 - 11:34 Another brilliant visit
We really enjoyed the Space Trekking show. Another brilliant visit: friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Well resourced, clean, tidy and safe environment. Thank you!

Teacher Year 5
Friday 13th February 2015 - 15:22 Really enjoyed it
Excellent first visit (for this school) - really enjoyed it.

Teacher special needs
Friday 31st October 2014 - 15:26 Science topic on everyday materials
The children had a fantastic day and learnt so much from 'science centre' staff and the activities. We just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the friendly, fun and informative environment created for the children.

Year 2 teachers
Saturday 25th October 2014 - 18:06 Whole Primary School Visit
I just wanted to say thank you for an absolutely fantastic day. The children really enjoyed their experience, as did the adults! It was really super the way that you had planned out the day for us, everything flowed very nicely. A good time was had by all and I would definitely recommend you to other schools.
Monday 19th May 2014 - 16:29 Year 7 SEN
We really enjoyed the visit!
We wish we weren't so far away and could spend more time exploring the exhibits. All staff were attentive and demonstrated some of the resources so our pupils could understand and engage fully. The telescope tour was pitched at the correct level so that all pupils understood scientific terms. They enjoyed watching the roof move / open! We will be back. Thank you!
Monday 12th May 2014 - 13:59 We really enjoyed the visit!
The telescope tour was pitched at the correct level so all pupils understood: Scientific terms were explained. W wish we weren't so far away and that we could spend more time exploring the exhibits

Year 7 SEN
Tuesday 25th March 2014 - 11:08 We felt very comfortable and welcome
Thank you very much for making the booking so straightforward, for being so helpful to us and understanding the sometimes unusual behaviour of our children. We felt very comfortable and welcome with you. Everyone had a great day and were able to identify things they had earnt and enjoyed.

KS2 SEN group
Tuesday 18th March 2014 - 13:57 Superb organisation
No comment other than thank you very much for yet another great school visit. We appreciate particularly the superb organisation of the trip.

Year 2 Teacher
Wednesday 12th March 2014 - 14:58 Memorable and enjoyable
Thank you so much for a wonderful school visit. We had such a brilliant day and when I asked the children what they enjoyed the most, the majority said 'everything'. It was just excellent and the weather helped too! Thank you to all the staff for making it such a memorable and enjoyable visit.

Reception / Year 1
Thursday 6th March 2014 - 15:02 Thank you
Our children are taken on many trips and perhaps do not realise how lucky they are, but you managed to awe them! They adored the Discovery Park and the indoor exhibits. Thy listened really well to the leaders during the tour and the astronomy session. Of course the icing on the cake was being able to see the moon looking so beautiful.. plus they had the planetarium session! You all made it a really special day.. and night .. as promised. Can't really better that!

KS2 group Twiight Visit
Monday 6th August 2012 - 13:50 It was all fantastic
As the leader for a special needs summer camp I will definitely highly recommend you to other groups. It was all fantastic - A BIG THANK YOU!

Leader- special needs group
Wednesday 1st August 2012 - 15:56 Year 7 SEN
The boys thoroughly enjoyed their visit and it has been great for us, as their teachers to see them so engaged, enjoying science outside the classroom. The staff tried to keep all of our group motivated and were successful, offering encouragement to those not sure about participating.
Wednesday 1st August 2012 - 15:55 Year 5
All the adults and children thoroughly enjoyed the day. My teaching colleague said this is the best school trip she has ever been on!
Wednesday 1st August 2012 - 15:46 Reception and Year 1 Teacher
Very friendly staff who made the activities / talks very accessible for the 'little ones'.
Wednesday 1st August 2012 - 15:38 Head Teacher Primary School
We had a wonderful day. Children, parents, teachers and teacher assistants were all full of praise for The Centre. I'd like to thank you again for a wonderful day and the great organisation. We will be back again.
Tuesday 24th July 2012 - 13:51 Reception, Years 1 & 2
We were late arriving but the staff did their very best and managed to re-arrange things. The staff were most accommodating and helped to make our visit an enjoyable experience. Back in school even the youngest children have produced excellent work all based on our visit.
Sunday 22nd July 2012 - 15:57 Year 8
I have been teaching since 1991 and have not visited another science based facility that can match what The Centre has to offer Ė superb.
Friday 6th July 2012 - 12:53 Year 4
Thank you for another highly enjoyable visit. The children have had a great day learning about things through experience.
Tuesday 26th June 2012 - 12:56 Year 6
A really great day and well worth the 2 hour travelling each way! Great activities, brilliant supportive staff and will definitely come back next year.
Monday 12th March 2012 - 19:23 Supported our topics
We all had a great day. Very well organised and the learning that took place supported our topics in school.

Teacher reception to year 4
Monday 5th March 2012 - 16:20 Helpful and accommodating
All staff were excellent, helpful and accommodating from the very beginning when I first expressed an interest in visiting The Centre. The day was well organised and all my worrries and concerns were discussed and dealt with. My class had a fabulous day and will remember the day for a long time.

Reception / Year 1 Teacher
Wednesday 8th February 2012 - 16:30 Very well organised as usual
Thanks for another great day. I still hope that one day my team might actually win!! Very well organised as ususal. Hope it thaws out for you soon!

Year 7 Teacher
Wednesday 25th January 2012 - 13:17 Excellent day
One really good feature is the robustness of the exhibits so the students can happily play on them, enjoy them and learn from them without constantly being told to be careful.

Year 7 Teacher
Thursday 17th November 2011 - 12:10 It really is fantastic
Thank you and your staff for making our visits last week so successful. We had an excellent couple of days. Each year I bring new teachers and they are always impressed by the centre and your staff...... they are so helpful and enthgusiastic and they really enabled our pupils to engage with all the activities and team building.

Head of Science
Tuesday 18th October 2011 - 10:30 Try for themselves
I've been on a visit to the centre for the last 3 years and each year the visit has been a highlight for the pupils and staff. A well priced fantastic opportunity for children to experience and most importantly, try for themselves.

Teacher year 6
Thursday 6th October 2011 - 11:41 We just needed more time!
The science centre is such a valuable resource and great value for money. All the staff are wonderful and it was a delightful stress free trip from beginning to end.

Teacher, Years 3 -6
Wednesday 20th July 2011 - 16:17 A fantastic time
What a fantastic time we had at the centre last week. The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and students. The range and quality of the activities and exhibits was excellent and the organisation was first class. I hope we will have the opportunity to visit again next year.

Year 8 teacher
Thursday 7th July 2011 - 14:20 A memorable day
Although I have visited many times before, today was my first visit with a school.Really impressed by your organisation, we all felt we had our own space to explore but knew your staff were there to guide us and keep us on schedule. As ever, staff were knowledgeable, interested in what they were doing and most importantly, in sharing it with visitors. Many thanks for helping to make our end of year trip such a memorable day.

Teacher Year 6
Thursday 7th July 2011 - 10:23 Experiencing with their classmates
The children get so much more out of the activities by experiencing them with their classmates. Even though quite a few have visited with their families, they seem to benfit more from visiting as part of a school trip.

Teacher Year 3 / 4
Monday 4th July 2011 - 11:17 We had a wonderful day!
The children were constantly active and engaged. Working in groups worked really well. All the children loved the science show. All staff we met or passed were extremely polite and helpful, as well as friendly to the children. What a great day out in such a very hectic term! Thank you!!

Teachers Reception / Year 1
Wednesday 22nd June 2011 - 18:15 Really well presented
Many thanks to the wonderful staff for making this a really enjoyable and educational day. We had a great time. Activities were really well presented. Lovely lunch area.

Teacher Year 3
Friday 17th June 2011 - 17:11 We have no complaints - only praise!!
It was a fabulous day- despite the terrible weather. The children had a great day and want to come again. Thank you so much - we have no complaints - only praise!!

Teacher, Junior School Group
Tuesday 14th June 2011 - 11:13 Fun and educational
Our students and staff had a wondeful day. The exhibits were wonderful - fun and educational. Even though we had a group of 120, you were accommodating and well organised. Thank you very much!

Teachers year 2 group
Thursday 9th June 2011 - 12:08 Worth the 2 hour journey
We had a wonderful time and it was worth the two hour journey! Our kids have gone home with learning something new and some fantastic memoreis of learning through play!

Teachers Year 5 year group
Wednesday 16th March 2011 - 15:32 It is so fabulous!
This is the second time I have come with a class. It is so fabulous! Highly recommended to all! Thank you so much!

Teacher Year 5 / 6
Wednesday 9th March 2011 - 14:52 Can't wait to visit again
An excellent day, extremely well organised, very helpful staff. All the children canít wait to visit again!

Teacher Year 3
Friday 11th February 2011 - 11:53 A big thank you
A great trip with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. Shame about the weather Ė but childrenís experience still remained excellent

Teacher Year 3 / 4