Funding for Schools
Schools expeditions including human as well as physical geography in
the plans may apply for this Award Scheme, or may apply as a normal
expedition. Priority will be given
to those that have not received a grant in recent years, and also to
those that have at least a strong element of human geography.
Preference will be given to those schools applying for funds for
expeditions or field study in the United Kingdom and Ireland as
opposed to countries elsewhere in the world. Schools expeditions
and fieldwork of physical geography would not be precluded in
consideration by the Trustees. A grant is not normally given for
The Award Scheme
Churchdown Village Junior School during
fieldwork in the Malvern Hills
Schools often find it difficult to compete successfully for funds from
the main grant-giving bodies or to allocate their own resources to
field studies. The Trust and the Geographical Association,
are keen to encourage field studies by providing financial support
specifically for this work. The Geographical Association helps
to promote and administer the Frederick Soddy Schools Award Scheme.
Winning schools are invited to receive their awards at the Geographical Association's Annual
awarded are between £200 and £550, depending on the merits of each
project. The Trust normally meets to consider applications for this
scheme in early March. It aims to notify schools of the
results within a week of the meeting.
Photo by Bryan Ledgard (GA)
See Recent Support for examples of
The awards are made to teams of pupils between 5 and 18 years of age.
There are two conditions:
1. A report on the project must be submitted to the Geographical Association and to the
Trust (Professor Peter Wood, University College London, Pearson
Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT) by 31 December of the year of the award. Guidance on
reports is given to successful applicants. See
Schools Award Scheme Reports.
Where reports are not submitted the Trust may not look favourably at
future applications from the school. The report can take
various forms, and
here is an example.
2. A statement acknowledging the Trust's support must be included in
the report and in any other appropriate publication, and examples of the pupils' work is always of particular
interest to the Trustees.
A certificate is awarded to those schools
submitting what is deemed to be a 'good' report.
||One of the schools winning the
Award Scheme sets out for their field study, thinking ahead to the day's
work, and to their report for the Trust at the end of a highly
How to apply
There is no prescribed form of application. A case for
an award must meet the Trust's objective of the study being one of
"the whole life of an area" with an emphasis on the human community.
It should be no more than 500 words, but should include brief details
of the plan, administrative arrangements and an
itemised budget. A map is
The application, which must be signed by both the person leading the
project and the Head-teacher, must be sent not later than 18 January
to The Frederick Soddy Awards, c/o The Geographical Association, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF,
A school camp in tropical rain forest
A school party in an arid zone
The Geographical Association will compile a
short list of potential candidates from which the Frederick Soddy
Trustees will make final decisions.
Primary School at Dagenham was given a grant to take Year 5 pupils to
the Thames Barrier.
Results are announced to applicants soon after decisions have been
taken, the winners being told by mid March. The
successful applicants are also announced in GA Magazine at a later stage
and the awards are normally presented at the Annual Conference of the GA for those who can make it.
Some relevant web
The Geographical Association:
The Young Explorers' Trust, which supports expeditions and provides
The British Schools Exploring Society: