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Bursary Application

Education Award Scheme

Education for all

The National Space Centre Education Award scheme is part of the National Space Science Centre charity (registered  no 1078832), which has the objectives of promoting interest in science by the operation of a visitor attraction dedicated to Space to raise aspirations of children and their educational achievement. The award scheme was set up to ensure that disadvantaged groups of children and young people are able to access the facilities and educational benefits of the National Space Centre.

The bursaries are used to fund either a visit to the centre, access to an educational program or a visit from our mobile planetarium. The educational benefits of the National Space Centre have been frequently acknowledged, both by professional educators and more recently by Lord Drayson, Minister for Science.

The award scheme has been running for over four years and has granted bursaries to a wide range of groups supporting: under achieving schools in some of the most deprived wards in the country, young carers, visiting children from Chenobyl, single parent families, terminally ill children, children living in refuges fleeing domestic violence and persons with disabilities. All of these groups would have been unable to visit without a bursary.  

Without help and support from bursaries many would struggle to access the many educational resources the centre provides. It is with your help that this can be made possible.

The award scheme bears no administrative or running costs. These are met by the National Space Science Centre to ensure that all donated money is used for the granting of bursaries. All individuals or organizations that donate to the scheme are recognized as a 'Friend' of the scheme on large solar panels in the Foyer of the National Space Centre.

Become a benefactor

Your business or organisation can become a friend of the of the National Space Centre Educational Award Scheme and support the great work that is done by the scheme in providing support and access to educational resources for disadvantaged and under represented groups. 

For as little as £500 your business or organisation could become a Friend of the Scheme. This would pay for either 200 young people to visit the National Space Centre or for an education officer to make two full day visits to groups in their own centre or classroom and deliver an inspiring science programme.

For more information please e-mail Jennifer Barnacle on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applying for a Bursary

To be eligible to apply for a free visit or programme, your school or community group must fall into one or more of the following categories:


  • Schools where 50% or more pupils are in receipt of free school meals
  • Schools achieving less than 40% A-C grades at GCSE 
  • Primary schools achieving 10% below the LEA target for English and Maths at KS2 

Community Groups

  • Young people at risk from exclusion
  • Those in care or about to leave care
  • Those from low income families
  • People with physical or educational special needs
  • Young people who are underachieving
  • New arrivals 


Applications are reviewed by an Executive Committee three times a year. Please be aware when applying that the deadline for submitting applications are as follows:

Spring Term Bursary - 1 Feb 

Summer Term Bursary Awards -1 May

Autumn Term Bursary Awards – 1 Oct

Applications are limited to one per academic year. The maximum bursary awarded is £300.



Bursary Application Form Become a Friend

For more about the bursaries and eligibility, please call 
0116 261 0261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.