Mount Cook

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We have taken great care to prioritise the safety of all guests and staff at Mount Cook. We have developed a set of resources to demonstrate the changes to the Centre that we have made and to give an overview of our full approach. We welcomed small bubbles this summer and have had 100% positive feedback on our COVID-19 measures, with every guest leaving happy and feeling safe.

We will work with your school on your trip to ensure that you feel 100% comfortable with all aspects of your visit.

We have offered all customers who are not able to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions the ability to move their trip free of charge. We have also frozen all prices for 2021, keeping them at 2020 rates to ensure that no one misses out or faces additional fees when re-booking. We talk to all of our customers directly about the options that they have when they make a booking. If you would like to discuss this with a member of our friendly team, you can reach us on 01629 823 702,

Please find more information on our dedicated COVID-19 page -

We are huge advocates for the benefits of outdoor adventure and learning in young people. Through our engaging activities your pupils will develop important skills from leadership and teamwork, decision-making, and problem-solving. 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.

Our modern Centre has 140 beds all with ensuite bathrooms with 40 beds in additional glamping pods, three classroom areas, an outdoor classroom, full catering facilities, and even an indoor climbing wall. 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!

The 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 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.

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 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.

Why book Mount Cook for Residential 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.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Located just outside the Peak District National Park, we have fantastic access into the surrounding countryside which includes woodlands, historical trails, quarries, caves and reservoirs. With the variety of locations that immediately surround Mount Cook Adventure Centre, you are able to explore a large variety of wildlife without having to travel far at all. We are also located next to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Derbyshire Eco Centre who run workshops for us during residentials on how best to explore and preserve wildlife in our countryside.

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Our activity instructors are highly trained in Bush Craft, meaning that groups can learn and develop skills at a variety of levels. We venture beyond forest school learning to cover friction fire lighting using bow drill and hand drill , woodland survival skills, shelter construction, plant identification, the history of bush craft and much more. Sessions take place in our onsite round house located in the woods, where pupils can immerse themselves in wilderness living.

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Experience life as a Prehistoric Tribesman and learn how to make a fire using traditional methods. Protect yourself from the elements and build a waterproof shelter using natural materials. Have a go at cave-painting and learn how a tribesman hunted for food using a bow and arrow! Finally, help to build a Celtic roundhouse and learn how prehistoric people manufactured tools and weapons.

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Experience life in Roman times and meet a real life Roman soldier! Dress up in Roman armour and invade our Celtic Roundhouse. Shoot a Roman style bow and arrow, and learn more about Roman roads by building a cart to transport heavy items. Finally, discover and handle artefacts from the period with an archaeological dig.

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Immerse yourself in the exciting time of Viking Britain! Chat with a Viking Trader and discover what life would have been like over 1,300 years ago. Uncover primitive tools, coins and pottery from the period with an archaeological dig. Learn to build a fire using traditional methods, and gather round for magical tales of the Norse Gods, myths of monsters and voyages around the world.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Mount Cook is in close proximity to some of Derbyshire's best outdoor activity locations. 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
•High Ropes
•Zip Wire
•Fossil Finding
•Raft Building
•Bush Craft & Den Building
•Land Kart Construction
•Archery Tag
•Team Challenges and Initiative Exercises
•Night Orienteering

and much more!

What size groups do you cater for?

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We have accommodation for up to 180 in total. We have 140 beds in our Centre, with special access cards which allow certain groups into certain areas to add privacy and security. Each room sleeps 4 people and has an ensuite bathroom!

We have an additional 40 beds in Glamping Pods which are located just outside our main dining hall. Each cosy Glamping Pod sleeps up to 4 people, with toilet and cold water basin. Private showers are available inside the building.

We welcome both small and large groups to our Centre!

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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We have two private indoor classrooms and workshop spaces within the Centre, as well as our main dining hall which has a large open plan seating area. We have two projectors and audio that is also available for use. We also have several outdoor spaces that would be perfect for an outdoor class room.

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. We hold the AHOEC Gold Standard quality mark which goes beyond the standards set by the other badges that we hold. This demonstrates our high quality provision encompassing not just safety, but also the quality of service and learning. 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 do! 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. We have two wheelchair accessible rooms with full ensuite wet room facilities, and can arrange for additional equipment to be hired depending on the level of ability The majority of our activities are also inclusive - we work with each individual medical requirement to ensure that the sessions are suitable.

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

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We do our absolute best to cater for any Special Educational Needs - please do give us a call to discuss your requirements so that we can provide further information on how our activities and accommodation will be suitable.

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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