Secondary School

Secondary School Visits and Resources

Join our knowledgeable guides for a tour around the Mill and/or village. See history come to life in the Arkwright Experience or learn about the wider Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in our Visitor Centre. We can tailor our tours to the specific needs of your group, to fit your topic or exam specification. Please get in touch to discuss your options.


Duration: 1-4 hours depending on your programme.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 and 6th Form. We can currently take groups of up to 65 per day.

Structure: Fully led. There are also options for self-led elements.

Price: £7.50 per pupil for a full day. £5.50 per pupil for a half day.

Learn from the past and think ahead to the future in this practical STEM-based exploration into sustainable living. Taking inspiration from Cromford’s past, students will design their own communities in the morning, and learn how to power them using renewable energy in the afternoon.

Duration: 5 hours

Suitable for: 1 class of KS3/KS4 pupils.

Structure: Fully led

Price: £7.50 per pupil.

Eco Day Sustainable Communities Programme

Come and develop your computing, filming, and presenting skills.  With one led workshop and self-led activities you’ll soon be directing and starring in your own Cromford-inspired film.

Bring your digital cameras or tablets and we’ll set you up to make your own Cromford-inspired film.  You can choose to make either a short factual documentary or a short drama about children of the mills.  We’ll provide suggestions, characters, cues and props and you can use the mills and surroundings as your film set!  Your pupils will take on different roles – filming, presenting, acting, directing, and scripting and you can take your footage back to school to edit and present.

Suitable for: 1 class of KS3 pupils.

Time: 5 hours.

Structure: Part-led. Can be fully led by Cromford Mills staff for an additional cost, please let us know when booking.

Price: £6.00 per learner – this day includes the Arkwright Experience.

The Director’s Cut Programme

Can’t visit the mills in person? Take advantage of our virtual visits to ask all your questions. We will give a 30 minute presentation on your chosen theme, then answer your questions for 15 minutes.

Themes available:

Suitable for: 1 x KS3 or KS4 class. Please let us know your specific area of study and how far through your topic you are when you book, so that we can tailor the presentation accordingly.

Timings: 45 minutes

Price: £60 per session.

Structure: Online. You will require a stable internet connection for this workshop. For an additional cost, we can also come out to your school and deliver the first 3 sessions in person.

Download and use these source sheets to enrich your learning in the classroom!

Source Pack 1Opinions about Arkwright

Source Pack 2Child Workers

Source Pack 3Adverts

Source Pack 4Images of the Mills

Source Pack 5Transport

KS 3-4 Activity Sheets

KS 3-4 Information Sheets

KS 3-4 Teacher Sheets

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