Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd,
Cray Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5DF
Our 26 acre factory at Sidcup, south east London, started production in 1961 and has remained at the heart of the local community ever since. 50 years later, in 2011, the site proudly opened its Education Centre to continue CCE's commitment to its CRS agenda, and welcomes visits from schools, colleges, universities, and learning groups.Need to know: Sidcup FAQS
Meet Caroline Education Centre Manager
My name is Caroline Mounter and I have been the Education Centre Manager at our Sidcup factory since May 2011. I am a qualified teacher and previously worked for five years as Education Officer at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. I love bringing learning to life for the students who visit Sidcup, and enjoy making manufacturing and engineering a fun and exciting topic to learn about.
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Frequently asked questions
How do I book a visit? +
Please click the green 'Enquire about visiting Sidcup' button near the top of the page and complete the online form. The Education Centre Manager will then contact you within five working days to discuss your visit requirements and agree a date for your visit.
How far in advance should I book? +
We strongly recommend that you book at least 2-3 months in advance. Our Education Centres are very popular school visit destinations and so we get booked up very quickly. However, if you are looking to book with short notice please send a visit enquiry anyway as sometimes we may have a visit slot available due to a last minute cancellation.
What happens on the visit? +
Your visit will be a highly valuable educatoinal experience for your students and it should enhance the curriculum you have been teaching in class. Please bear in mind that you will be visiting a real-life workplace and so we expect all visitors to respect our site rules at all times.
A typical visit to the Education Centre at Sidcup comprises a presentation, a video, a factory tour, and a Q&A session. Where possible, we will invite a member of factory staff to come and speak to your students - usually at the end of the visit - so if you or your students have any specific questions about working life within the manufacturing industry they can ask someone who has first-hadn experience of it. We are keen to tailor the visit to your individual requirements so please let the Education Centre Manager know if you have any special requests.
How much does it cost to visit? +
Visits to our Education Centres are completely free of charge.
When can we visit? +
Visits typically take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (subject to seasonal production schedules), with session times of 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00.
How long does a visit last? +
Two hours. Visit times are 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Due to our tight timetable of visits it is not possible for visits to last any longer than this.
How many students can I bring? +
We can accommodate an absolute maximum of 25 students and a minimum of two accompanying adults per visit. Please note that we insist on there being at least two accompanying adults on every visit, regardless of the number and age of the students. The minimum number of students per visit is 8.
Is there an age limit? +
Yes, all visitors must be aged 12 or over on the day of the visit. There is no upper age limit.
What subjects can a visit link to? +
Visits to our Education Centres can link to a wide range of school, college, and university subjects. As you will be visiting a real-life workplace, every visit links to the 'World of Work', so it is a great experience for any learner and particularly those who have not yet ventured into the job market.
Teachers can select a presentation theme from the following list: Business Overview, Marketing, Enterprise, World of Work, ICT, Design & Technology, Manufacturing, or Science. You can read a summary of each of these themes by downloading the Information Booklet from the list of key documents on the right hand side of this page. We are eager to tailor the content so that it suits your requirements so please let us know on the booking form if you have any special requests. Furthermore, it may be possible to create a bespoke presentation on a theme not included in the standard list, provided sufficient notice is given in order to allow us time to put the new content together.
We are also keen to work with educators to raise awareness and understanding of our education programme. To this end, we offer bespoke CPD days for groups of teachers, which can be incorporated into a staff or cluster meeting held at the Education Centre if wished. Please contact the Education Centre Manager for more information.
Do we get free drinks? +
Yes, on every visit we are pleased to offer visitors one free drink each. We have a selection of beverages from our healthy drinks range available, which typically includes Minute Maid 100% Orange Juice and Apple Juice, Appletiser, Grapetiser, and Abbey Well Water.
Is there a gift shop? +
No. Our visits have a very strong educational and experiential focus, and we do not make money from visits, so it would not be appropriate to have a gift shop. There is therefore no need for the students to bring any spending money.
Is there a museum? +
No; visits take place in the purpose-built Education Centre within our factory. It's important that all visitors understand that we are not a tourist attraction or museum, but in fact a fully operational industrial site.
Can we park on site? +
There is a parking bay for one coach, or a maximum of two minibuses. Please advise the Education Centre Manager in advance if you are coming in more than one vehicle.
Can I bring my group on public transport? +
As the Education Centre at Sidcup is situated within the factory, for H&S reasons access is only permitted in a vehicle (such as a coach or minibus). It is not possible to enter or exit the site on foot and we cannot make any exceptions to this rule.
I want to bring two groups on one day. Is this possible? +
We can host two visits on one day, with one visit at 10:00-12:00 and the other at 13:00-15:00. It is not possible to run two visits concurrently as there is only one Education Centre in which the visits take place, and one Education Centre Manager to run the visit.
Can we drop off the afternoon group when collecting the morning group? +
No. The times for visits are intentionally set with an hour-long break between the two. This is to allow our Education Centre Manager time to tidy up after the morning group and set up the Centre for the afternoon group. It's also time for the Manager to have an all-important comfort break and a chance to catch their breath! It is therefore not possible to run two visits without a break in between.
Can we take photos? +
Photography/filming is not permitted at the factory; however we do allow teachers to photograph the students in the Education Centre before the factory tour if wished.
Do you allow visits from Special Needs groups? +
Yes indeed; we are very keen to accommodate visits from a wide variety of learners. We have hosted many successful visits from SEN students and find them greatly rewarding. We recommend that if you are bringing a group of students with behavioural difficulties or learning disabilities you should bring a smaller group of students and ensure that you have plenty of accompanying adults to provide sufficient support throughout the visit. Please discuss your specific requirements with the Education Centre Manager at the time of booking to ensure that the content of your session will be suitable for your students.
Can you host visits for those with physical disabilities? +
Unfortunately the Education Centre at Sidcup is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties as access to the centre requires negotiating a large number of stairs. Additionally, the factory tour follows a route which takes in several staircases. If you have students with restricted mobility we suggest you visit the Education Centre at our Edmonton factory instead.
Can we eat lunch in the Education Centre or elsewhere in the factory? +
No. Due to the site's strict H&S rules it is not possible to bring any food, drink, sweets or chewing gum onsite. It is therefore not possible to have your lunch in the Education Centre or anywhere else in the factory.
Do you have some resources you can send us before/after the visit? +
Unfortunately we are not able to send out the slides we use during the visit. We do not have pre- and post-visit resources but we recommend you prepare your students by briefly covering the topics of your chosen presentation before your visit so that the information we provide is more meaningful.
Can primary schools visit the Education Centre? +
Unfortunately, due to H&S regulations and the potential dangers onsite, it is not possible for primary schools to visit our site.
What should I do if I need to cancel a visit? +
In the event that a school needs to cancel a visit, they
may do so by providing the Education Centre Manager (ECM) with as
much notice as possible, but with a minimum of at least 10
working days. Such notice should be submitted in writing by email
and the school should also telephone the ECM to ensure that the
cancellation is registered. Contact details for all ECMs can be
found on our website (http://www.therealexperience.co.uk/real-education-centres/).
Please click on the relevant centre location for individual ECM's contact details.
For the avoidance of doubt, please do not use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address as this is a central address used solely for administration purposes.
Should a school cancel a visit, please be advised that it could be 4-6 months before CCE can reschedule, as we have a long waiting list of schools wishing to visit our Education Centres.