Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

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The Outdoor Education Centre is run and owned by Brockenhurst College. We pride ourselves on giving valuable outdoor experiences that allow students to connect with nature, try new activities and improve confidence and teamwork.

We can work toward certification for sports or concentrate on specific curriculum aims.

Outdoor Activities include Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing, Archery, Raft Building, Windsurfing, Dragon Boat racing, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Tomahawk throwing, Zip Wire and Fan Jump.

Field Studies starting at Key Stage 2 all the way through to GCSE data collection processes and evaluation in preparation for exams.

We offer residential and also day trips.

Why book Hengistbury Head for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Based on the side of the beautiful Christchurch Harbour, our Centre has a very special feel about it. We are flexible with programming and can therefore meet most schools needs. We have a wide variety of sessions to challenge, educate and entertain students.

Our campsite is a short drive from the Centre; we lay coaches on each day to enable a smooth transition from water based Centre to campsite. The campsite is not open to the public and has high levels of security for your peace of mind.

Safety is our top priority, that's why all of our activities are run by fully qualified and experienced instructors and we are accredited by relevant national governing bodies (ALLA, LOTC, Adventure mark, BCU and RYA).

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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At Hengistbury we offer a wide range of activities including Sailing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft Building, Dragonboating, Climbing, Archery, High Ropes, Low Ropes & Team Challenges.

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At Hengistbury we offer a wide range of watersports activities including Sailing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft Building & Dragonboating. All of our sessions are lead by nation governing body qualified instructor. We can run taster sessions or more progressive sessions so that students can improve their skills.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We like to run 2.5 hour sessions of activity so that students get a real feel for the sports. Some activities allow students to challenge themselves personally whilst others work on communication and teamwork. The dragon boat racing is often a highlight of the week as well as the sailing. It is quite normal to finish a residential trip with a kayak or canoe journey down the river Stour; this beautiful day trip allows the students to put into practice the skills they learnt earlier in the week with a full day of paddling down the river, stopping on the river side for lunch.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Our maximum group size is 150. Activity ratios do change depending on the activity, but mostly we work in group sizes of 8 people per instructor.

For Field Studies the staff ratio depends on the age of the group and also how many staff the group bring.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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We have three classrooms and a lovely outside teaching space.

Is there first aid on site?

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First aid is so important, that's why every member of staff here is First Aid trained.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Unfortunately we don't currently have specific equipment for disabled groups. However some of our activities may be suitable for disabled groups depending on their specific needs. For more information please get in touch. We are used to working with diverse groups in terms of abilities and needs and will always try to create a programme that can work for all of your group.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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We are used to working with diverse groups in terms of abilities and needs and will always try to create a programme that can work for all of your group.

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