If you’re planning a school trip to London Zoo, we’ve pulled together all the health and safety details below you may need in order to prepare for your visit.
Help with your Risk Assessment
ZSL policies follow Zoo Licencing Act and relevant Health and Safety legislation. You are welcome to use our risk assessment guides and other documents to aid you in preparing for your visit:
London Zoo Educational Visits Risk Assessment 2022/23
Education Supervision Guidelines 2022
General Safety Guide for School Groups 2022/23
London Zoo 2023 Public Liability Certificate
Please note that these are only guidelines; we encourage you to conduct your own risk assessment.
Once you have booked your trip you are entitled to a free preliminary recce visit to the zoo (one teacher per class) to help with this. We can also offer pre-visit consultations with the learning team over the phone or via a video conferencing platform. Please see our planning page for details:
Preparing for your education visit
Last entry to the Zoo is one hour before the Zoo closes, please check opening times for London Zoo
Students aged 16 or under must be supervised at all times
The health and safety of our visitors is one of our main priorities. To help ensure this, all students must be supervised whilst in the Zoo. Those aged 16 or under must always be with a designated adult from your school. Students aged 17-18 do not need to be with an adult at all times, but school staff must be in the zoo and contactable during the trip.
To enable this, we offer:
- One free supervising adult with every five students aged 16 or under (including EYFS)
- One free supervising adult with every ten Post-16 & HE students
- Free entry for 1-to-1 staff supporting SEND students
Please check out our behaviour guidelines for more information:
Behaviour guidelines for Schools and Community Groups
You can also find more information on organising a school visit by downloading a copy of the Department for Education's health & safety advice for schools.
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