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Edgmond Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning is proudly part of Sandwell Residential Education Service (SRES). The Edgmond Hall team have been delivering adventurous school and group programmes in the Shropshire countryside for over 80 years.
At SRES we deliver a unique range of transferable learning experiences through outdoor exploration, adventure, and creative arts. Our practitioners are skilled at delivering appropriately challenging, memorable experiences, and addressing a wide range of learning outcomes.
Offering day visits, residentials and revision retreats, our programmes can be fully integrated with school curriculum and ethos, inclusive, designed to meet students' specific learning needs and planned so that learning is reinforced and embedded back at school.
SRES centres are small but perfectly formed - sole occupancy is available at Edgmond Hall so it truly becomes the participants' home for their visit.
KS1 residential and day visits are designed with the pace and content to introduce younger children to new experiences. At KS2 we progressively introduce children to appropriate challenge, always working closely with visiting staff to provide exciting challenges with great support. Beyond KS2 we deliver learning to complement the curriculum, and are a popular centre for revision weekends.
Why book Edgmond Hall for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
The team at Edgmond Hall care about, and enjoy the company of, children and visiting staff, and want to share great learning experiences.
In addition, sole occupancy of the centre is available; it's truly the participants' home for their stay.
We focus on delivering tailored programmes and outcomes through creative and fun programmes. All courses are planned with group leaders from the outset, and we actively build a positive working relationship with visiting adults and, of course, the children. We aim to make learning fun, give it context and meaning, and value and encourage all children.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Team building, British Values.
Team building is enhanced by an experiential, progressive approach to activity sessions where participants will reflect on roles and responsibilities within the group, and translate that learning back to life beyond the centre.
All of our activities are physically active and we reflect on the importance of moving more for wellbeing.
Curriculum topics available: Teamwork and resilience, Mental health and awareness.
Our programmes develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking skills. We apply the "Feelgood 6" tools to help us to lead happier and more successful lives.
The environment and wildlife threads throughout our delivery, and we can also focus on curriculum areas such as animal homes & habitats, classification etc. We have small animals, ponds and grazing cattle on site.
In our bushcraft area we look at the ways that fires can be created, and we build dens and shelters in the woodland.
We can take groups in to the Shropshire hills to cover elements of geography, such as glaciation and tracing a river from its source.
What activities are available during group visits?
Many groups introduce, extend or consolidate topics or themes to act as a "golden thread" running through the residential experience. Popular themes include pirates, Olympians, Harry Potter, Spiderwick, The Dig, Into the Woods, Christmas, Quest for the Lost Chalice, and Britain at War. Whatever the theme, we aim to immerse participants in the experience.
A wide range of activities includes archaeology, shelter building, camp fires, archery, fencing, digital photography, earth art, animal care, orienteering, map exploration, hill climbing, time travel (abbey visit!), fencing, bushcraft, village exploration, pond dipping, trails, and nature detectives....
What size groups do you cater for?
Up to 60 participants and 9 staff.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Yes, we have classrooms available.
Is there first aid on site?
All centre staff are first-aid trained.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Our in-grounds cottage is fully accessible downstairs to wheelchair users. We have an offroad wheelchair available for use that provides access around the grounds.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We do cater for children with Special Educational Needs; group leaders should discuss specific needs at the time of booking.
Edgmond Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning is part of a family of 4 residential centres in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Snowdonia and is part of Sandwell MBCs Education, Employment & Skills Directorate. We work with schools and groups from all over the UK.
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
Prices from £140pp for 2 nights / 3 days, and £265pp for 4 nights / 5 days
We passionately believe in the value of leading residentials as early in the school year as possible. That's why we offer our best prices at the most valuable time of year!
You can read some amazing facts about the benefits of #WinterResidentials here: http://learningaway.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Infographic-Winter-Residentials-Low-Res.pdf
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