Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre School Trips
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The Frank Chapman Centre is proudly part of Sandwell Residential Education Service (SRES). The Frank Chapman team have been delivering adventurous school and group programmes in the Wyre Forest for 90 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.

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 The Frank Chapman Centre so it truly becomes the participants' home for their visit.

An established tradition of excellent outdoor learning has been recently enhanced with a number of exciting new outdoor activities (such as high ropes and river scrambles), and a range of new accommodation options. These include a refreshed main centre, glamping pods, cottages and camping.

The centre welcomes pupils from all Key Stages, for day visits and residential courses.

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Why are Frank Chapman great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Within an hour of the West Midlands conurbation, the Frank Chapman Centre lies in an extensive, secluded oak forest perfect for adventurous and creative outdoor learning.

Friendly centre staff and the option of sole occupancy makes children and visiting colleagues feel at home, and we work closely with you to ensure a real sense of community. The experience integrates and values structured outdoor sessions, the residential setting, and recreational time, which enables a transfer of learning and for relationships to develop.

The wide range of adventurous and environmental options gives terrific opportunity to create a programme specifically suited to the requirements of your pupils.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Outdoor adventurous modules, including high ropes, low ropes, climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, archery, geo-caching, team challenges, expeditioning, bush craft.

Environmental/curriculum modules including sustainability, rivers, landscapes, pond dipping, minibeasts, woodland crafts, earth art, themed learning.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Up to 60 participants in the main centre; up to 40 in the glamping pods; up to 20 in cottages; camping.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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There is a lecture room in the main building, and two further classrooms.

Is there first aid on site?

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All centre practitioners are first aid trained and qualified.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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The main centre has a lift and facilities for disabled visitors. An offroad wheelchair is available for access around the grounds.

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

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Yes, by arrangement with group leaders and within the scope of the centre.

Anything else?

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The Frank Chapman Centre 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.

Minimum group booking size reduced to 12

Current School Trip Offer

For our popular Autumn and Christmas programme we are pleased to offer a reduced minimum group booking size of 12 participants on selected dates.

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