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Thorpe Park (Day Visits)


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Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.5
68 reviews


Excellent
 
63%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
9%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
1%

Although it seems most of the students had an enjoyable day, there were some things that proved unhelpful which were different to our last visit (possibly because of Covid). There was a very long queue to even get through security and the turnstiles and very little done to accommodate school groups (no separate entrance). By the time the students got through the turnstiles after 50 minutes of queuing, they were impatient to get going and reluctant to wait to do the proper register once inside - however I will let future visit leaders going on this trip from our school that group leaders should hold onto students tickets until after the security. One member of staff asked students to wear masks whilst queueing as we were so close together, but it was impossible to social distance (although I appreciate there are limitations to what staff can do). The dome area had changed since my last visit and was the meeting point, but no seating area was available, which made it difficult for staff. I will let future group leaders know that there is a picnic bench area not far away, which will be a better place to have staff seated throughout the visit. Our trip was marred by some students arriving very late at the end of the day. Initially we had been told the park was open until 5, and so the meeting time was 4:45, and we expected that a few students might straggle back a few minutes late, however, Thorpe Park then advertised staying open until 6, but it was too late for us to amend details and confirm permission with all parents, so the students felt like they were missing out on time - had we known, we would have asked them to meet us at 5:45. (June 2021 - Secondary School)




Well organised inside the venue. (June 2021 - Secondary School)




(May 2021 - Secondary School)




(November 2020 - Secondary School)




(January 2020 - Secondary School)




They had to change our itinerary last minute, which meant the students had more free time than originally planned. (January 2020 - Secondary School)




The trip was a great success and achieved all of the objectives that were set. The day was informative and gave students the opportunity to form new friendships and be trusted to explore the park themselves. The idea of Consequence was explored and all students thoroughly enjoyed the day. (November 2019 - Secondary School)




Exceptionally busy so students didn't get the opportunity to go on many rides (November 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent (November 2019 - Secondary School)




Fab trips, students had fun. Exceptional behavior (November 2019 - Secondary School)




Queues as always can be frustratingly long but the rides are great for teenagers (November 2019 - Secondary School)




queue upon arrival a little long but otherwise an excellent day (October 2019 - Secondary School)




A superb Marketing / Careers presentation from the team at Thorpe Park. Learners were engaged and actively taking part. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




Thorpe Park, very helpful staff and easy to organise rewards day activity. (September 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




Despite pre-ordering and paying for our tickets, queues to collect these tickets took almost 90 minutes. As a youth group we had been originally advised to collect from the schools entrance but on arrival were turned away to the main queues for tickets. Once inside we had to collect fast passes, which also took almost an hour to collect and assign to young people. As such, young people only had approximately 3 hours to access rides, with some waiting times as long as an hour. (September 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(August 2019 - Secondary School)




Welcome/arrival could be managed better. Arrival form should be given to lead teacher in advance to allow completion prior to arrival at venue - no time to complete in detail so therefore not useful. Adult and student tickets should be separated. Ticket collection "tent" should be much closer to coach park - much time wasted walking all the way to the entrance and back again to distribute tickets to staff and students. (August 2019 - Secondary School)




Great time had by all students (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




Wheelchair - need to book beforehand as there were none available on the day. Queue exemption cards - individuals need medical evidence (i.e. doctors note, x-ray, report etc) in order to get a queue pass. Timings - it takes at least 45 minutes to get from the coach through the turnstiles, this needs to be considered when booking workshops. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




Pupils really enjoyed their day (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




very good workshops and beneficial academically as well as helped many students experience things outside their normal comfort zones (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




Well organised, payment needed to be made very early though which for a non compulsory trip makes it a little awkwards. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




Great trip this time after having issues on the same trip back in July. Could not thanks Jamie and his team enough for making sure everything ran smoothly. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




Students attended as a reward trip to Thorpe park. The students had a great day, although it was quite busy so some queued for a lot of the day. (May 2019 - Secondary School)




Great day, kids had an amazing day. (May 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent time of the year to go with ride waiting times 5 minutes. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




Arrived late (20 minutes) after a shocking journey and students weren't allowed into the STEM fair. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




(January 2019 - Secondary School)




(January 2019 - Secondary School)




(January 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




Great resort (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Really fun activity, although the queue to collect tickets that were pre-booked was horrendous. Make sure anyone wanting disabled access has the right documentation so are not disappointed. (September 2018 - Secondary School)




Very busy time of year to go. (September 2018 - Secondary School)




Long queues. Consider fast track tickets. (July 2018 - Secondary School)




Great venue, helpful staff. Quite long wait times for the rides, which can be frustrating, but lots of fun nonetheless. (July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




The Student really enjoyed the visit, however the queues were long and students had to wait. (July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




Great place but was made difficult by staff not having our tickets ready at the gate and delaying us for over an hour. (July 2018 - Secondary School)




Very helpful with fast-track arm bands for SEN school (June 2018 - Secondary School)




(June 2018 - Secondary School)




(May 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018 - Secondary School)




(February 2018 - Secondary School)




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Thorpe Park (Day Visits)
THORPE PARK
Chertsey
Surrey
KT16 8PN
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.5
68 reviews


Excellent
 
63%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
9%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
1%

June 2021 - Secondary School
Although it seems most of the students had an enjoyable day, there were some things that proved unhelpful which were different to our last visit (possibly because of Covid). There was a very long queue to even get through security and the turnstiles and very little done to accommodate school groups (no separate entrance). By the time the students got through the turnstiles after 50 minutes of queuing, they were impatient to get going and reluctant to wait to do the proper register once inside - however I will let future visit leaders going on this trip from our school that group leaders should hold onto students tickets until after the security. One member of staff asked students to wear masks whilst queueing as we were so close together, but it was impossible to social distance (although I appreciate there are limitations to what staff can do). The dome area had changed since my last visit and was the meeting point, but no seating area was available, which made it difficult for staff. I will let future group leaders know that there is a picnic bench area not far away, which will be a better place to have staff seated throughout the visit. Our trip was marred by some students arriving very late at the end of the day. Initially we had been told the park was open until 5, and so the meeting time was 4:45, and we expected that a few students might straggle back a few minutes late, however, Thorpe Park then advertised staying open until 6, but it was too late for us to amend details and confirm permission with all parents, so the students felt like they were missing out on time - had we known, we would have asked them to meet us at 5:45.



June 2021 - Secondary School
Well organised inside the venue.



May 2021 - Secondary School




November 2020 - Secondary School




January 2020 - Secondary School




January 2020 - Secondary School
They had to change our itinerary last minute, which meant the students had more free time than originally planned.



November 2019 - Secondary School
The trip was a great success and achieved all of the objectives that were set. The day was informative and gave students the opportunity to form new friendships and be trusted to explore the park themselves. The idea of Consequence was explored and all students thoroughly enjoyed the day.



November 2019 - Secondary School
Exceptionally busy so students didn't get the opportunity to go on many rides



November 2019 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent



November 2019 - Secondary School
Fab trips, students had fun. Exceptional behavior



November 2019 - Secondary School
Queues as always can be frustratingly long but the rides are great for teenagers



October 2019 - Secondary School
queue upon arrival a little long but otherwise an excellent day



October 2019 - Secondary School
A superb Marketing / Careers presentation from the team at Thorpe Park. Learners were engaged and actively taking part.



October 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School
Thorpe Park, very helpful staff and easy to organise rewards day activity.



September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School
Despite pre-ordering and paying for our tickets, queues to collect these tickets took almost 90 minutes. As a youth group we had been originally advised to collect from the schools entrance but on arrival were turned away to the main queues for tickets. Once inside we had to collect fast passes, which also took almost an hour to collect and assign to young people. As such, young people only had approximately 3 hours to access rides, with some waiting times as long as an hour.



September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School




August 2019 - Secondary School




August 2019 - Secondary School
Welcome/arrival could be managed better. Arrival form should be given to lead teacher in advance to allow completion prior to arrival at venue - no time to complete in detail so therefore not useful. Adult and student tickets should be separated. Ticket collection "tent" should be much closer to coach park - much time wasted walking all the way to the entrance and back again to distribute tickets to staff and students.



July 2019 - Secondary School
Great time had by all students



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
Wheelchair - need to book beforehand as there were none available on the day. Queue exemption cards - individuals need medical evidence (i.e. doctors note, x-ray, report etc) in order to get a queue pass. Timings - it takes at least 45 minutes to get from the coach through the turnstiles, this needs to be considered when booking workshops.



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
Pupils really enjoyed their day



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
very good workshops and beneficial academically as well as helped many students experience things outside their normal comfort zones



June 2019 - Secondary School




June 2019 - Secondary School
Well organised, payment needed to be made very early though which for a non compulsory trip makes it a little awkwards.



June 2019 - Secondary School




June 2019 - Secondary School




June 2019 - Secondary School




June 2019 - Secondary School
Great trip this time after having issues on the same trip back in July. Could not thanks Jamie and his team enough for making sure everything ran smoothly.



June 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Secondary School
Students attended as a reward trip to Thorpe park. The students had a great day, although it was quite busy so some queued for a lot of the day.



May 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School
Great day, kids had an amazing day.



May 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent time of the year to go with ride waiting times 5 minutes.



April 2019 - Secondary School
Arrived late (20 minutes) after a shocking journey and students weren't allowed into the STEM fair.



January 2019 - Secondary School




January 2019 - Secondary School




January 2019 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Great resort



September 2018 - Secondary School
Really fun activity, although the queue to collect tickets that were pre-booked was horrendous. Make sure anyone wanting disabled access has the right documentation so are not disappointed.



September 2018 - Secondary School
Very busy time of year to go.



July 2018 - Secondary School
Long queues. Consider fast track tickets.



July 2018 - Secondary School
Great venue, helpful staff. Quite long wait times for the rides, which can be frustrating, but lots of fun nonetheless.



July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School
The Student really enjoyed the visit, however the queues were long and students had to wait.



July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School
Great place but was made difficult by staff not having our tickets ready at the gate and delaying us for over an hour.



June 2018 - Secondary School
Very helpful with fast-track arm bands for SEN school



June 2018 - Secondary School




May 2018 - Secondary School




April 2018 - Secondary School




February 2018 - Secondary School