Calvert Trust Exmoor
Calvert Trust Exmoor is a specialists provider of residential adventure breaks for schools. Our mission is to ensure no barriers exists when it comes to residential trips which we achieve by offering award winning facilities and experiences that enable us to provide extraordinary support to all students. It is important to our ethos that we surpass expectation for everyone and offer equal opportunities that provides individually tailored challenge. Whilst our core values focus on ensuring there are equal opportunities for young people and adults with a disability we firmly believe accessible to everyone means everyone; mainstream schools, academies, independent schools, special schools, specialist resource bases, pupil referral units and anyone else who could benefit from our tailored programmes.
Set in beautiful countryside on the edge of Exmoor National Park, the converted Victorian farm courtyard at Wistlandpound Reservoir, North Devon and 40 acre site has been designed to allow us to cater for students of all levels of ability. The centre sleeps up to 60 people; activities are undertaken in groups of 10 keeping the same instructor throughout your programme, with shared dining and recreational spaces for meal times. Break out spaces, sensory room, swimming pool and evening entertainment are all included for your enjoyment outside of your activity programme at no additional cost to our all inclusive packages.
For schools, our mid-week breaks Monday to Friday consist of four nights in our 5-Star Visit England rated accommodation, three hot meals a day freshly prepared by our dedicated in house catering team and three full days of exciting outward bound activities including abseiling, horse riding and carriage driving, cycling, sailing, tandem canoeing, archery, bushcraft and many more. All of course with capacity to be adaptable for any student with a disability.
** July 2020 **
Current School Trip Offer
We are offering 10% discount for any new attending school in July 2020. Limited availability so enquire now and take advantage of this fantastic offer.
Why book Calvert Trust Exmoor for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
As well as being fully accessible for students of any age with any disability, we are passionate about learning outside the classroom and creating a legacy for classroom based learning. We believe this approach is reflected in the feedback we receive from our School Groups;
"In my twenty years of teaching both mainstream and special educational needs young people, this has easily been the best, most positive experience I have had the fortune to be part of. You deserve award after award!" Heritage House School
"As always, you surprised us by the way in which individuals respond. One young lady was afraid of everything, abseiled without any fuss. Others, who will normally not stay in the same room as others sat eating breakfast, lunch and dinner in a room full of people. A wonderful place, full of wonderful people, helping to make the lives of other wonderful people more wonderful. Thank you all." Brimble Hill School
"Everyone I have had the pleasure of speaking to has been professional, friendly and helpful. Thank you all SO much! Pre-visit staff were helpful and accommodating. Both instructors were brilliant. I felt confident, safe and more than happy with how they supported us. I enjoyed all activities. Lots of activities suitable to our pupils to join in at their level, the instructors were great at listening and finding a way. All staff members were so helpful, kind, the kitchen staff were excellent with accommodating our needs. Thank you for yet another amazing week!" Milestones School
"All the activities that were provided gave the children the opportunities to experience great outdoor activities that they may have never experienced in their lives without support from the Calvert Trust. This establishment is fantastic and gives children with disabilities confidence, independence. The whole experience, facilities, staff were absolutely amazing." Mayfield School
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Increasing physical activity increases concentration, improves information retention and releases vital endorphins for improving mental health. Having a fully accessible centre gives young people every opportunity they need to participate in physical activity. Most noticeably, our fleet of accessible bikes provide a challenging yet positive experience for all abilities on the Wistlandpound Reservoir trail.
Curriculum topics available: Creative writing, Story telling.
We understand how important it is for students to recognise structure and planning. The schedule for the week is publicly available in central meeting spaces and uses Makaton to assist anyone with a learning disability or with broken communication. Creative writing is encouraged in the form of diaries and reflection workshops as part of evening programmes.
Curriculum topics available: Logic and Problem Solving.
Logic and problem solving are fundamental in developing independence for young people. That is why not only do our adventure activities focus on this but residential life at Calvert Trust Exmoor is laced with opportunity for young people to be more independent.
Workshops include, fire lighting, water filtration, shelter building, whittling skills and many more.
Wistlandpound Reservoir provides a picturesque backdrop to experience canoeing and sailing. With no need to go off-site , this safe yet exciting environment provides students with everything they need to potentially experience something entirely new. Our instructors are happy to explain the inner workings of the reservoir and how the dam is helping create a sustainable environment whilst supplying fresh drinking water to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.
Curriculum topics available: Underwater Animals and Habitats.
Natural environments are plentiful! From the mini-beasts that can be found in the woodland, to marine life in the reservoir and bird watching on the Wistlandpound Reservoir trail. If it doesn't make your skin crawl, as part of your evening entertainment, Exmoor Zoo and a whole host of it's residents pay us a visit each week too!
Curriculum topics available: Sustainable living.
Sustainability has never been more important. All aspects of centre life are designed to reduce waste and encourage recycling.
What activities are available during group visits?
"I CAN do it" Transitional Breaks
Our "I CAN do it" breaks are 4 night Monday to Friday courses aimed at 16-25 year olds who are transitioning into adult life. These courses are about facilitated personal development, offering an exciting mix of outdoor activities with basic life skills.
Disability Awareness & Mutual Respect course
These courses are mainly aimed at a mainstream school audience, and focus on using a structured programme of adventurous activities to promote both mutual respect and disability awareness. these breaks promote team work and team building, and are a lot of fun!
What size groups do you cater for?
Up to 60
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, including a duty instructor who is on-site and available and on call from 17:00 in the evening until 09:00 in the mornings.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Our centre and 40 acre site is fully accessible.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We work with numerous schools and colleges across the UK, both specialist and mainstream, and have developed several programs to fulfill school's needs.
We also love working with you to tailor our breaks to meet your needs, building a course around a curriculum area or theme that works for you; we would love to hear from you to explore more together!
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
** Prices from £360 per person for a four night break! **
At £360 a four night five day break between October and March includes four nights accommodation in our Visit England 5 star rated converted victorian courtyard , 11 freshly prepared meals and three full days of adventure activities. All evening entertainment and facilities such as swimming pool, sensory room, TV room and break out spaces are available throughout your stay at no additional cost.
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