Conway Centres Anglesey
School Trips @ Edsential
The Conway Centres are led by staff who are highly qualified long term educators who can differentiate between pupils, inspire, motivate and help raise aspirations.
The extensive grounds and location make it an ideal base to participate in a wide range of on and off site outdoor and adventurous activities. It's within a short travelling distance of the mountains and is adjacent to the sea, making water activities very accessible and suitably challenging.
Anglesey has an excellent range of facilities for the Creative and Performing Arts and specialises in supporting the curriculum in schools, both at primary and secondary levels.
The unique accommodation which holds 400+ can cater for a whole secondary year group in the main dormitory block, along side smaller groups in self contained buildings.
Edsential is a Community Interest Company, all profits are reinvested in to services for children.
Why are Edsential great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
With over 48 years’ experience in delivering activities to young people our problem-solving approach and reflective style of teaching allows learners to become independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners and team players.
We are dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic education professionals who have the ability to differentiate, plan bespoke programmes and deliver high quality teaching.
Courses at our Anglesey centre are wide ranging and can provide whole school curriculum opportunities to enable life-long learning.
Our locations and facilities enable us to deliver a very broad array of courses and our site offers a secure location, being self contained within National Trust parkland.
What activities are available during group visits?
Multi Outdoor Activities for example*:
• Canoeing, Kayaking
• Stand-up Paddleboard, Surfing, Body Boarding
• Raft Building
• Dinghy Sail, Keel Boat Sail & Powerboat
• Mountain Biking,
• Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Bouldering, Zip Wire
• Mountaineering, Low/High Level Ropes, Via Ferrata
• Mining, Orienteering
• Gorge, Sea Level Traversing
• Den Building, Bush Craft
• Pond Study, Habitat Walk, Environmental Art
• Geography & Biology Field Studies,
• Duke of Edinburgh provision & expedition
• Year 7 and Year 12 induction
Creative & Performing Arts*:
• Visual Art
• Drama, Dance
• Music, Storytelling
• Raising Attainment Courses in Arts & PE, GCSE, A-Level & Degree level
• Arts Education in a Multi-Cultural Society
The centre has a wide variety of classrooms and workshops, these can be used by the school if you wish to deliver some teaching on site, such as revision sessions as part of the residential experience.
*Please note this list is not exhaustive
What size groups do you cater for?
We have 420 beds on site, including staff rooms, split between 5 self contained buildings. The main dormitory block has 230 student beds and can cater for a whole year group. Other buildings can facilitate 19 (Lafan), 40 (Penmon), 34 (Hafod) and 50 (Gogarth) students each.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
A huge array of classrooms, laboratories, art studios and performances spaces. The latter includes two large Halls, one of which has a formal stage.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes - over 50 of our staff are qualified.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes. Our main building is fully accessible and there is access to stair lifts. Two of our smaller buildings have disabled access and appropriate bathroom facilities. We also have a self contained holiday home, Mountain Lodge, on site for families with children who have specific needs.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes, we run a wide range of courses with children who have Special Educational Needs.
|LOtC Quality Badge|
|Institute of Outdoor Learning|
|Duke of Edinburgh Award|
|Adventure Activity Associates|
"We have taken Year 6 children on residentials for the past 12 years and can honestly say we have never been to a better place. The instructors were incredibly patient and pushed the children to achieve things they never thought they could. The accomodation was perfect for staff and children and the food provided was very nice. The range of activities on offer ensured there was something for everyone. "
Luke Cullen, Our Lady and St Edwards Primary School
"I have been coming to Conway with different schools for the last 9 years. Having visited most other providers within a 50 mile radius, I can honestly say that Conway is the best residential outdoor activity experience I have ever had. The quality and variety of activities coupled with highly experienced, caring and nuturing instructors and staff means that our children grow and develop in ways that is not possible in the classroom. I cannot recommendly the centre highly enough and look forward to returning for many, many years!"
Matt Coaker, St Werburgh's & St Columba's Catholic Primary School
"We have been coming for a Y5 outdoor and adventurous residential visit since the school opened in 2004. I booked the trip before ordering tables, books or recruiting teachers - it is such an essential part of the school's calendar.
The September trip marks pupil's induction into upper Key Stage 2. Teaching is outstanding, resulting in pupils' independence, listening and following instructions practically, collaboration, respect for one another and logical thinking all are enhanced and retained back in school - in and outside the classroom. "
Catriona Stewart, Kingsmead Primary School
"I have participated on both GCSE and A-Level courses for over 15 years at the Conway Centre which in itself gives a reflection of how highly I regard the experience. The program has exceptionally high standards and aims to provide students with the best possible outcomes to help enrich their portfolios of work.For both staff and students it has proved an enduring and invaluable experience and one the I look forward to attending every year. tamzin harris"
Tamzin harris, Bishop Heber High School
"I've been taking GCSE and A Level Art students to the centre for ten years. The Art courses are very intensive and student outcomes add real value to individual coursework portfolios. To tell you the truth I keep taking groups because it's my best CPD training and has had a significant impacted on my own knowledge and practise. The self contained centre has everything you need for a complete and fulfilling residential experience, plus it's set in the picturesque landscape of the Menai Straits."
Bryan Graham, Tytherington School
"I have worked with the Conway Centre for 17 years taking children from two schools. The quality of the residential experience for the children is excellent. The facilities, activities and staff are consistently at a high level, ensuring that every child has a memorable and valuable experience."
Alan Brown, Oldfield Primary School
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