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Rural schools face a battle to give their students the range of enriching experiences on offer in cities. They tell Jessica Powell how they need attractions – and the government – to do more

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“Our nearest towns are 30-40 miles away,” explains Simon Smith, principal at East Whitby Primary Academy, in North Yorkshire. “And we’re talking Middlesbrough and Scarborough: we’re a considerable distance from places with a full range of cultural attractions.”

Matt Middlemore has similar problems at the other end of the country. He’s headteacher of Tregolls School, a primary in Cornwall. He says the costs of trying to take his students to museums and other cultural attractions can be huge because of the distances involved to access those resources. For schools with a smaller number of pupils ...

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