Mount Cook School Trips

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We are huge advocates for the benefits of outdoor adventure and learning in young people. Through our engaging activities and workshops your pupils will develop important skills from leadership and teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving and many more. These experiences will broaden their horizons to new, undiscovered opportunities, expand their appetite for learning and education, increase attainment, and will equip your students with valuable social skills which will last a lifetime.

Our flexible approach means we can offer your pupils a programme of activities which will meet your learning objectives and aims. Whether that’s adding a fresh, new dimension to your PE curriculum with our range of adventurous sports, or offering your pupils an effective and fun revision weekend.

Whatever your objectives, we think it is important that we maximise your stay with us by designing a tailored schedule of activities and learning which will help you achieve those aims.

We believe that residential trips offers students an unparalleled opportunity to develop their confidence and independence away from home, whilst creating some fantastic memories with their friends. All our rooms are equipped with en suite facilities, and secured with special access key cards. There are also lockers available in the rooms to keep valuables safe whilst your outside having fun! We also have a secure wooded camping paddock on site.

To keep energy levels up after a jam-packed day of activities we provide full catering facilities serving nutritious hot meals, and a tuck shop offering snacks for when you get peckish.

Our modern Centre is self-sustaining and eco-friendly using solar power to heat water and generate electricity, rain water to flush toilets, and harness waste heat to warm the rooms. We believe it is important to reduce our carbon footprint and look after the environment. The Centre has 140 beds all with ensuite bathrooms, a workshop area, an outdoor classroom, full catering facilities, and even an indoor climbing wall!

Our adventures are a chance to go wild. Whatever activities you choose to do, they are all safe and fun with a focus on working together.


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Why are Mount Cook great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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The best outcomes in outdoor learning are achieved when the activities we offer relate to your classroom teaching, whilst encouraging positive personal and social development. That’s why we have taken the time to link our activities and educational programmes to the National Curriculum, helping to boost attainment and promote intellectual curiosity.

We stay in tune with strategies used by schools helping students to set and achieve personal goals, and develop their self-confidence and emotional resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles in a safe, positive environment. It is these skills which can then be translated into their learning, and in life!

We also understand that no young person is the same. All of the activities we offer are differentiated to cater for all abilities and skills, allowing each pupil the opportunity to progress and grow.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Mount Cook is in close proximity to some of Derbyshire's best outdoor facilities. Our Centre overlooks the jagged face of black rocks, a stones-throw-away from a quarry, and minutes away from Carsington Reservoir. Acitivities you can enjoy in this beautiful landscape and on our site include:

•Rock Climbing
•Abseiling
•High Ropes
•Zip-Wire
•Fossil-Finding
•Raft-Building
•Canoeing
•Kayaking
•Orienteering
•Bush Craft & Den-Building
•Survival in the Wilderness
•Night Walks
•Educational Workshops

What size groups do you cater for?

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We have 140 beds in our Centre, with special access cards which allow certain groups into certain areas to add privacy and security. We also have a wooded paddock on site for camping, with toilet and washing facilities. We welcome both small and large groups to our Centre!

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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We have two indoor classrooms and workshop spaces within the Centre, and an innovative roof-top classroom which offers fantastic views of the local area! On the rooftop classroom, we conduct morning briefs, and astronomy lessons. We also have a restored barn on site, which is perfect for outdoor briefings, and lessons.

Is there first aid on site?

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It is our team’s professionalism, experience and enthusiasm which contributes to the overall success of your stay with us. That’s why all our activity providers are professionally trained and qualified, with full DBS checks, and First Aid certificates. For further peace of mind, there is also a 24-hour First-Aider available at the Centre. It is important that young people are given the opportunity to take risks and experience the thrill of adventure sports and activities in a controlled and safe environment. Consideration for your pupils’ safety and security is inherent in everything we do. Our centre undergoes regular risk assessments and health and safety checks, carried out internally by our team and by external organisations to ensure we remain at the forefront of good health and safety practice.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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We think it's important that everyone should be able to enjoy the outdoors! For this reason, our Centre is adapted to suit young people with additional learning requirements and physical disabilities. The majority of our activities are also inclusive for anyone with a disability.

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

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Our Centre does offer wheelchair accessible rooms, and many of our activities can facilitate those with disabilities. But before you make a booking with us, please ensure you contact a member of our management team to discuss your requirements.

Anything else?

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Why should pupils have all the fun? We also cater for adult groups, offering team bonding activities and experiences that will boost the morale of your teaching staff! Whether you want to stay on site and reach great heights together on the high ropes course, or set off into the wilderness of the Peak District, we are a great place to have your team-building days.

If you have any questions please get in touch!




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