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Secondary School Level

The Ecton Hill Field Studies Association (EHFSA)

EHFSA has for many years run tutored one-day courses to support A level science courses in Chemistry and Geology. Recent developments include one-day courses for GCSE students, and also KS3 and KS2 pupils, with activities tailored to the ages of the pupils.

Both Chemistry and Geology courses focus on the application of these sciences to some or all of the following:

  • the unusual copper mineralisation at Ecton, and the geological setting
  • the mining of these ores
  • the collection and identification of the minerals present
  • the separation of the economic minerals
  • the extraction of copper from these.

Courses can be tailored to the needs of different A level specifications on request, including fieldwork requirements for Geology and practical aspects of engineering geology. All A level courses provide the opportunity for an underground visit into Salt’s Level to see the mineralisation, and understand how the miners were able to make the mine such a profitable enterprise.

IoM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme

The Trust’s facilities are available to support the Schools Affiliate Scheme of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. This scheme aims to excite young people to the importance of careers in its fields, and in which there are 320 schools.

Tertiary Education Level

The facilities are used by several tertiary institutions:Keele University and Derby University undergraduate geologists for one day. The Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University) use Ecton for practical exercises in surveying.

Archaeological, Biological and Community Activities

The Trust is open to any proposals from any group seeking to arrange activities in line with the stated objectives.

Primary Education Level

Suitable day courses for primary level (KS2) pupils are now available and these ‘tick many of the boxes’ in the National Curriculum across several subjects.

If you would like to contact us for further information, please email our secretary – you will get a reply, but may have to wait a little, as none of us is working full-time at Ecton – we are all volunteers!