Exciting Education Setting of the Month: ArcelorMittal Orbit

Exciting Education Setting of the Month: ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London


We have been lucky enough to work with the amazing ArcelorMittal Orbit – the symbol of the 2012 Olympics and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

During our first visit, we were amazed at all the educational opportunities that it offered. It definitely has the ‘WOW FACTOR’ for pupils.


Before you even arrive, the unusual structure captivates the imagination with its shapes and twists and turns; pupils arrive ready and eager to engage with learning. Why not read on to find out more about the UK’s tallest sculpture?



We have summarised the Top 5 Reasons

Why You Have to Visit with Your School


1. The Slide


Pupils (and teachers) cannot resist the thrill of riding the LONGEST, FASTEST, TALLEST tunnel slide in the World! Not all school trips offer such a unique experience. Travel at speeds of up to 15 m.p.h. as you twist, turn, loop and drop down 178m of slide.

In the 40-second trip, circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times and weave your way through the loops and curves, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘Bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – before ending with a 50m straight run back down to Earth!


2. The Views

ArcelorMittal Orbit has fantastic 20-mile, panoramic views of the city. Your pupils will be amazed and engaged with their interactive screens that offer insights into the other iconic buildings within London. Outside viewing areas bring you even closer to the sites and give you a great opportunity to view the areas within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.



3. Entrance and Exits


At ArcelorMittal Orbit, even the way you arrive and leave the sculpture is extra-ordinary. Your journey begins beneath the 80-tonne domed steel canopy before embarking on a 34 second lift journey 80 feet into the sky! How you exit is your choice … either go back to Earth in 34 seconds via the lift, or if you are brave enough, feel like you are walking on air by taking the 455 stairs that spiral down the outside, whilst you experience a sound experience. And of course, you could always #RideTheSlide to the ground!



4. Accessibility


The team at the ArcelorMittal Orbit have worked hard to be accessible to all. They have a number of features which supports their inclusivity including:

* Specially Designed Mats for The Slide for Physically Impaired Visitors

* Having Wheelchairs Available for Visitors Use

* Step-free Access Throughout

* Complimentary Tickets for Carers

* Disabled Toilets

* Magnifying Glasses for Visually Impaired Visitors

* A tactile Scaled replica of the ArcelorMittal Orbit

* Audio-Descriptive Features on their Interactive Screens

* Static Literature to Assist the Hearing Impaired



5. Interesting Beginnings


Where else can you stand upon a structure with enough steel to make 265 double-decker buses? The ArcelorMittal Orbit is made from 60% recycled Steel and includes steel from washing machines and used cars. These are just some of the facts that will amaze and enthral your pupils.




Check out our summary below


If you would like to book your school trip at the ArcelorMittal Orbit,

go to www.arcelormittalorbit.com for more information.

How an Education Consultant Can Help You

How an Education Consultant Can Help You

Why do you need an education consultant?


What benefits can we bring to your company / charity / tourist attraction? Read on to find out more.


We meet many people who ask what we do and how can we help them.


Our answer is very simple: we can support you to make improvements to your setting and ensure that you are more attractive to your target market – whether it be families or school children, or both.

This is how:


A ‘Fresh Pair of Eyes’  

When people are ‘in the thick’ of an organisation or project, it can be very difficult to obtain  a clear view of what is really happening. They are so immersed in coping with the day-to-day work that they can lose that ability to see what is really occurring on all levels and if important changes need to be made. Time constraints can play a factor here too, with many personnel taking on multiple roles all with different objectives.

We can be the ‘new pair of eyes’ through which you see the real situation. Providing confirmation for solutions you deep-down already knew but may not have had the confidence to put in place; as well as creating solutions that you were unable to see.  All put into a format that is clear to understand, thus, allowing you to move forward and make swift changes that create positive results.



As we highlighted above, sometimes it is hard to see what strategic and operational changes need to be made within an organisation. You have so many priorities to consider that it can be difficult to organise all the education or family engagement areas that need to be developed.

Working with us can help you by creating the ideas you need and putting them into clear formats, whether this be reports with direct action plans or simple analysis tables. We blow away the fog to develop a clear road ahead. 


Insider Knowledge


We know education! Imagine taking your car to be fixed by someone who has not trained to be a mechanic or has no knowledge of cars…that is the same as writing education programmes without using an education expert.

We are experts in fixing or designing education and family friendly programmes because we have trained, worked in and have a deep understanding of education and children. We know what teachers want and what children need and this knowledge can be passed on to you.




 We work with other settings every day which means we have lots of ideas and contacts that can help you. From knowing which audio tour companies deliver quality at a great price, to innovative ideas that capture imaginations and inspires a generation of life-long learners – we see best practice every day.

Instead of spending hours researching new ideas, new products and new programmes, we can support you by giving you this information; we do the work for you!




Using a consultant is cost-effective in many ways.

Firstly, we are only a temporary and freelance ‘cog-in-the wheel’. You do not need to appoint longer-term employee and all the expenses that come with this personnel type. We are only a short-term expense.

Also, as highlighted in all the points raised above (‘Fresh-eyes; Clarity; Knowledge) we create solutions that work. We solve the problem or achieve the objectives set –  both quickly and effectively – which saves you time and money.


Contact Us: 

If you would like to get in contact with our team do not hesitate to:

Call us on: 07846281171

E-mail on: info@excitingeducation.co.uk

or complete the contact form on our website:


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Supporting Schools to Plan School Trips

Supporting Schools to Plan School Trips


In this blog ‘Supporting Schools to Plan School Trips’, we offer our top tips on how you can help schools make the most of their outings to you. This will increase the likelihood of securing the school booking, ensure more repeat visits and create positive ‘word-of-mouth marketing for your setting.


Top Tips:


It’s All about the Money

Giving advice and simple support to schools about how they can finance their school trips can make the outing seem more affordable. Can you be the source of well-needed advice such as charities that offer support for families to pay for trips or government initiatives? What about local travel support?


Information is Key

Have the information teachers will need readily available. This will include information about:

  • Toilets
  • Accessibility for disabled pupils
  • Lunch space
  • Storage information for bags
  • First aid
  • Risks
  • Educational offer
  • Layout of your setting
  • Parking information


Tell Them: ‘Put Your Feet Up’…

Make it easy for them. The more time you invest in creating an educational offer that cuts the teacher’s workload, the more likely they are to book with you. Whether this is creating regularly updated risk assessments or providing clear education plans, you will save them time. Therefore, the overall cost of your trip will reduce in their eyes; making you look like great value for money!


Go That Extra Mile

Going that extra mile will make all the difference. What can you think of that will make you stand out? Could it be a last minute checklist of essentials they may not have thought of or special shop time for the pupils to buy their souvenirs? You need to show that you are thinking of them and can not wait for them to join you. This will create positive ‘word of mouth’ marketing as well as increase the likelihood of repeat bookings.


Respond Quickly


Teachers are very busy. If you receive an enquiry, try to respond as quickly as possible or they will book elsewhere. Likewise, if they have booked with you already, ensure that you respond to any correspondence ASAP. They will be waiting for quick answers to any questions they may have asked.



Be Online

Ensure that as much information is available on line as possible. Teachers spend a lot of ‘unsociable hours’ searching for school trips. If they can not access information quickly and easily (even if it is just a ‘contact us’ and the details on your website), they will look elsewhere for their trip. The more information you are able to give or hint at the better. This does not mean that all your hard work has to be available online for all to download, but give enough information and accessibility for them to understand how you can enhance their                 pupils’ learning and how they can find out more.


Offer a Visit or Meeting

This can be a clincher. Not only does the teacher get to have a free day out, they also see first-hand how your attraction can benefit their curriculum. If it is not suitable to join you, a phone call or webinar discussion to ensure that they understand what you can offer, the itinerary of the day and clarify any questions they may have, will be more effective than e-mails being pinged back and forth.


For further information about how our consultancy can improve your offer to schools or families, contact us on info@excitingeducation.co.uk or 07846281171. 
Alternatively, fill in our Contact Us page and we will get back to you ASAP.