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Spy School

A 3 day residential trip for year 10 – 13 students

Over the last 12 months BioGrad has provided training for students from the below 255 Schools, Colleges and Universities:

This one of a kind school trip provides students with access to the elite research laboratories at Liverpool Science Park, coupled with the opportunity to visit interactive crime scenes across Liverpool City Centre.

BioGrad Spy School

Spy School is a fully immersive school trip for students and stress-free for teachers, with accommodation, breakfasts, two lunches and two evening meals included in the booking. We arrange restaurant selection and booking on your behalf; you will be sent menus in advance for your students to select their meals. All you need to book is your transport and bring a lunch for the journey!

Itinerary

Day 1

Clue Finders (From 1pm)

Students work in small groups to escape a locked room in 60 minutes by locating keys, clues and combinations! The problem-solving skills and teamwork developed on day 1 will be invaluable when attending Spy School the following day.

To allow time for travel to Liverpool, the activity for day 1 begins at 13:00.

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Art House Hotel check-in (From 3pm)

The Art House hotel specialises in luxurious group accommodation. Located just off Bold Street in the centre of the bustling heart of Liverpool, close to the main train stations, docks, museums and only 8 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Science Park.

Students are accommodated in single-sex rooms (4-6 students per room) and teachers in luxury single occupancy rooms close by.

BioGrad Spy School

The Art House Hotel is situated in the heart of Liverpool, a short walk from the Science Park, and is rated 4.5/5 on Trip Advisor and 9.1/10 on Booking.com.

For further details and information on rooms please see: The Art House Hotel Rooms.

Evening Meal (5.30pm)

Teachers and students visit Liverpool’s most spectacular ‘Alma de Cuba’ restaurant, situated in a converted monastery less than 1 minute walk from The Art House Hotel

The chefs at Alma de Cuba have created a ‘teenager friendly’ menu for BioGrad school trips. Menu’s are sent to the trip co-ordinator in the Spy School booking pack so students can view the menu choices and pre-book their meals.

Alma de Cuba
St Peters Church
Seel St
Liverpool
L1 4BH

The restaurant is rated 4.5/5 on trip advisor, further details are available at: https://www.alma-de-cuba.com/menus/

Free evening (from 7pm)

Teachers may wish to plan an additional activity on the first night of this trip. The Foundation of Art and Creative Technology (FACT) is situated approximately 1 minute walk from The Art House Hotel. FACT is a Liverpool-based cinema, art gallery and the UK's leading organisation for the support & exhibition of film, art and new media. We recommend checking the FACT website for the most up to date information on cinema times and other upcoming events: www.fact.co.uk

BioGrad Spy School

88 Wood St
Liverpool
L1 4DQ

The Art house Hotel also has a large entertaining space next to the main bar which may be available to book for groups.

Day 2

Breakfast (8:45 – 9.45)

Students and teachers will have breakfast at Alma de Cuba, where they will have a wide variety of breakfast foods to choose from.

For further details: https://www.alma-de-cuba.com/menus/

Spy School (10:00 – 16:00)

Upon arrival at Liverpool Science Park at 10:00, students and teachers will be provided with their Spy School pack including PPE, equipment for evidence collection, lunch passes and a smart phone for each team. After a brief introduction covering health and safety, crime scene preservation and the correct handling of evidence, Spy School begins!

BioGrad Spy School

Students receive a text message on their team smart phone with clear instructions on where they need to go. Private mini busses are provided for groups that need to walk for more than 10 minutes between locations.

BioGrad Spy School

Each crime scene will require different laboratory techniques to solve, these can range from blood typing and bacterial analysis to DNA finger printing and ELISA for identification of proteins. Scientific techniques and concepts covered align with the GCSE or A-level syllabus studied by students.

To help maintain the mystery of the trip, teachers are asked not to divulge the crime scene locations or stories to their students.

Lunch

Students and teachers can walk over to the Liverpool Cathedral Piazza restaurant (situated next door to the Science Park) to eat their lunches. They will each be provided with a lunch voucher, allowing them to receive a meal deal from the restaurant, including a sandwich, crisps and a drink.

BioGrad Spy School

Evening Meal (5.30pm)

Teachers and students will be booked in to eat at the exclusive ‘Smugglers Cove’ restaurant, situated in the historic Albert Docks. The picturesque and infamous Albert Docks is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy a meal overlooking the harbour.

BioGrad Spy School

Britannia Pavilion Albert Dock
Liverpool
L3 4AD

The restaurant is rated 4/5 on Trip Advisor; further information is available at http://thesmugglerscove.uk.com/

Day 3

Breakfast (8:45am – 9.45am)

Students and teachers will have breakfast at Alma de Cuba, where they will have a wide variety of breakfast foods to choose from.

For further details: https://www.alma-de-cuba.com/menus/

The Big Reveal (10am-12.30pm)

On the final morning, each team gets an hour to prepare their ‘crime board’ including presenting their evidence and their proposed conclusions for their crime scene. At 11:00 the Big Reveal will commence – expect shocking revelations!

BioGrad Spy School

Lunch

Students and teachers can walk over to the Liverpool Cathedral Piazza restaurant (situated next door to the Science Park) to eat their lunches before travelling home. They will each be provided with a lunch voucher, allowing them to receive a meal deal from the restaurant, including a sandwich, crisps and a drink.

Bookings

Booking may be held for 10 days without payment. 25% deposit due to reserve the trip, with full payment due 28 days before the date of arrival.

A full booking pack, including risk assessments, meal plans and timetables are sent to teachers at the time of booking. Teachers are asked to allocate their students into 3-4 groups (up to 10 students per group), considering the subject matter, accessibility and possible hazards at each venue.

For further information or to check availability please contact us using this form or email us at schooltrips@biograd.co.uk.

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This trip is available for groups of 30-45 students on specific dates throughout the academic year.

We recommend booking early in the academic year due to the limited number of dates available.

Current Academic Year 2018/2019
Date: 7th January - 9th January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£369 per student
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Date: 9th January - 11th January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£369 per student
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Date: 14th January - 16th January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£369 per student
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Date: 16th January - 18th January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£369 per student
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Date: 21st January - 23rd January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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Date: 23rd January - 25th January 2019
Time: From 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
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Date: 28th January - 30th January 2019
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Date: 30th January - 1st February 2019
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Date: 3rd June - 5th June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£369 per student
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Date: 5th June - 7th June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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Date: 10th June - 12th June 2019
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Date: 12th June - 14th June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
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Date: 17th June - 19th June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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Date: 19th June - 21st June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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Date: 24th June - 26th June 2019
Time: 1pm on day 1 to 12.30pm on day 3
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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Date: 26th June - 28th June 2019
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Location: Science Park, Liverpool
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