Mythstories – Safety Information for Schools


EDUCATIONAL GROUP SAFETY STATEMENT

Mythstories fully accepts its responsibilities under Health & Safety Legislation. A Health & Safety Policy is in place together with written risk assessments undertaken in respect of our legal duties relating to visitors coming onto our site and using our facilities.

We want to ensure that your visit is a fun, enjoyable and learning experience.

The following details will aid your own school ‘educational visit’ risk assessment.

WHAT WE OFFER

Mythstories offers educational group visitors sole use of the museum for a 2-hour guided visit, including workshops and storytelling.

Our workers* work alongside you and your pupils. You will never be excluded and are expected to always supervise your pupils to ensure their safety and good behaviour.

Mythstories is best experienced by groups of no more than 30 pupils. We recommend you bring one adult per six children, but you know your pupils and their needs, we trust you to decide on an adequate level of support for your party.

BACKGROUND

Experience

Mythstories has been hosting school visits since 1999. In Autumn 2001 the museum relocated to its current site.

Suitability

Mythstories’ workers* are experienced in hosting visits for all ages from pre-school to university level. Each visit is tailor-made to suit the pupils’ interests and abilities and the requirements of the group leader.

Contact Information

All visits must be pre-booked.

Please telephone or e-mail to arrange a pre-visit, if required, and to discuss your group’s requirements.

We value your feedback. If you would like to discuss your visit or if you have any ideas that you’d like to tell us, please telephone, e-mail or drop us a line, at any time.

Telephone: 07969 541552
E-mail: info@mythstories.com
Address: The Morgan Library, Aston Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AU

GENERAL INFORMATION

Site Staff Identification

Our workers* will introduce themselves to you and your pupils at the beginning of your visit and stay with you to work with your pupils.

Communication Systems

Mythstories is a ‘human-scale’ experience. There will always be a worker* nearby and interested in the task your pupils are undertaking. We encourage all visitors to talk with our workers.

Facilities for visitors with Additional Learning Needs

We welcome pupils with additional learning needs and will do our utmost to ensure they have an enjoyable learning experience. If you have particular concerns about any pupils, please discuss these with us before your visit.

Facilities for visitors with Physical Needs

Please telephone to discuss your requirements and we will do our upmost to meet these. Mythstories is housed on the ground floor of a Grade II listed building. Not all doorways are wide enough to admit wheelchairs. Our hearing loop covers the storytelling area only.

Welfare Facilities

There are no toilets at Mythstories. Pupils should use the facilities in the public car park (see below) before coming to the museum.

Picnic lunches can be eaten in the nearby Millennium Green. This is a walled garden area 200 yards from the museum.

Animals

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the museum and must be kept on a lead.

Equipment

All electrical equipment is PAT tested. Workers* carry out a weekly visual check of fixtures, fittings and exhibits.

Emergency Evacuation

In the event of an emergency, our workers* will escort your group out of the museum to assemble on the curtilage.

Insurance (Public Liability)

We have public liability cover to £5m

Medical Needs

Please contact us if any of your pupils have any specific conditions and may require special emergency arrangements.

TRAVEL TO MYTHSTORIES

Mythstories is situated in the centre of Wem, on the main road.

By Coach

Your coach can stop on the road immediately outside the museum so that pupils can alight and assemble on the curtilage. Coaches should then park up in the main car park.

Alternatively your group can depart the coach in the car park and walk approx. 200 metres along a pavement adjacent to a busy road to the museum.

By Train

Wem train station is on the Shrewsbury – Crewe line. There is a 2-hourly train service augmented at certain times of day. From the station your group will walk approx. 500 metres along a sometimes narrow pavement adjacent to the main road to the museum (this involves crossing the railway car park entrance and one side road at the railway roundabout).


worker*/workers* includes full-time, part-time, fixed term and casual employees, free-lance workers, volunteers, work experience students.

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