St. Marys Guildhall
St. Marys Guildhall

St Mary’s Guildhall Schools Access Fund  

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We are pleased to announce that our School’s Access Fund is now available for St Mary’s Guildhall’s formal learning programmes. 

Supported by The National Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, the aim of the Fund is to provide opportunities to schools that might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of a visit, to offer memorable, high quality learning experiences. The Access fund offers a 30% discount per child on workshops, reducing the amount from £5 per pupil to £3.50 per pupil, for a class of up to 30 pupils.

Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. The fund is limited, so it is recommended you apply well in advance of a prospective visit. You will be contacted by the Education Team within 4 weeks to inform you of the success or not of your application. The access fund will not be granted to a class who received it in the same or previous academic year.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the fund, your school should be a state funded primary, secondary or special school unit and be located within a Coventry or Warwickshire boundary. 
Applicants should demonstrate that the school applying has both of the following: 
• 26% or more eligible for Pupil Premium. 
• 26% or more eligible for Free School Meals. 
If you meet the above criteria, please continue and complete the application form below. Please be aware that this offer is limited, due to the funds available. 
If your group does not meet this criteria, fill out the form and state any additional needs and barriers the group may have and these will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are ensure if you school will be eligible, please contact us and we will discuss options with you. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: here. For information on the workshops that St Mary’s Guildhall offers, please visit our website here.
Please download and complete an application form which can be found below. Completed forms should be sent via email to
For any other enquiries please submit an enquiry form and someone will be in contact shortly. 


The Access Fund offers Coventry and Warwickshire schools the opportunity to have a high quality, facilitated learning experience at a local heritage site at a reduced cost. Visits from all year groups and SEND schools can be supported. An application can be made per class of up to 30 children.

In order to be eligible for the access fund, schools should be located within in Coventry’s geographical boundaries, have Pupil Premium and Free School Meals eligibility of over 26%. If you do not fit these criteria, please fill out any access boundaries your group may have and these will be considered on a case by case basis.

Application forms are available to download on this page. Please download and complete an application form and send the completed form via email to

You can apply for as many classes as you feel will benefit, however, we may not be able to accommodate all of them depending on demand.

Applications for the Schools Access Fund must be applied for 6 weeks before a visit takes place. It is not guaranteed these can be allocated, so please allow plenty of time to apply beforehand.

The named contact will be notified within 4 weeks of your application to inform you of the success of you application..

There is a choice of 4 different school workshops available, these last for 2 hours and includes a variety of hands-on activities that are based around local history and specific parts of the curriculum and includes a familiarisation visit for the adult leading the visit.

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Please note: the Guildhall will close early at 2pm on 13th June. Additionally, it will be closed all day on Monday 3rd June and Friday 7th June, for private events. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during these times. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Kilo Sale due to take place this Sunday, 26th May, at the Guildhall has now been cancelled. Therefore the Guildhall will be open as usual. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
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