Open since 1976, we now welcome over 3,500 people every year to our specialist residential facilities above Lake Bassenthwaite which is built around an 18th century farmhouse and byre.
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver a meaningful, fun and adventurous residential programme of activities suited to our visitors’ confidence and abilities, and we structure our programmes depending on the type of group and number of participants.
Activities on our multi-activity programmes are designed to take all levels of disability into account, with courses including a variety of different activities such as sailing, horse riding, rock and rope, zipwire and high ropes with everything licensed by the AALA.
As a SENCO or School Group Residential Leader, be rest assured that our facilities and activities are fully accessible with specialist adapted equipment operated by expert and experienced staff. All groups have access in the evenings to our state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and sensory room, plus use of the games room and sports hall, so plenty of opportunity for socialising and team-building after a busy day of activities.
Very importantly, a residential ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ visit should be fun for all involved, but with planning, there can other additional benefits and quantifiable outcomes too. The degree to which these outcomes are achieved very much depends on whether your goals are recreational, educational, social, rehabilitative, or all of them! Both before and during your visit we will work with you to deliver – with many of the activities and life skills being applicable to a ‘Skilled for Life’ or similar programme.
Taking advantage of the amazing Lake District landscape, we run as many of our activities as we can away from the Centre, with all groups enjoying a variety of single and multiple instructor activities. Each Activity Group has a dedicated instructor with them for the duration of their stay, allowing our staff to get to know every individual and helping you make the most of your stay.
Activities on our multi-activity programmes are designed by our expert instructors and take all levels of disability into account, with courses including a selection of the below.
• High Ropes Course
• Hand Biking & Cycling
• Wheelchair Challenge Course
• Problem Solving
• Rock and Rope
• Trapeze and Swing
• Zip Wire
• Lakeland Walk & Push
• Ghyll Scrambing
• Mine Visit
We can take groups sized from 12 – 60, with prices starting for 12 and then increase in blocks of 6. If your group is less than 12 we may be able to accommodate you where we have spare capacity, but this is usually only available at relatively short notice and at the discretion of our Bookings team.
We have communal space that can be used as a classroom if required, all of which have multi-media equipment installed. There is also wifi internet access throughout the centre. Sole us of our communal space can be requested in advance.
All of our Instructing staff and Duty Managers are trained in First Aid and Pool Rescue.
Our whole centre and the activities we offer are structured around catering for those with disabilities. All our rooms have en-suite wet rooms and are specifically designed to enable the care of those with profound and complex disabilities, plus a full range of additional specialist equipment available on request.
We only cater for schools where all, or the majority of pupils attending the centre have special educational needs. This can by learning difficulties, physical disabilities or a combination of the both. Because this is our specialisation we can accommodate high numbers of SEN pupils whereas more mainstream centres may struggle.
Benefits to Learning outside the classroom for SEN pupils:
Benefit 1 – Confidence, independence and social skills
For many this may be the first time away from home, so it isn’t just the activities that help develop life skills. The activities themselves allow achievement of things they may not believe they could do, driving self-belief and confidence, plus many involve teamwork so helping social interaction. The pupils also participate in everyday tasks such as making tea and laying tables – and above everything, we encourage them to have fun with their friends!
Benefit 2 – Physical Exercise
The nature of the programme means that pupils will be far more physically active than they are in their day to day lives. In addition to boosting self-belief and confidence, there are potential long-term benefits with these residential stays providing a catalyst for pupils to continue with physical exercise on their return to school, especially if you can provide a framework to continue to deliver activities such as orienteering or cycling.
Benefit 3 – A shared experience
The benefits of learning outside the classroom can last long after the trip has taken place, with pupils and staff now having a shared point of reference. Seeing them in a residential environment will really develop your understanding of them as individuals so that if you are having issues in the classroom, you can refer back to that shared experience to distract them from whatever was the catalyst of that challenging behaviour, facilitating re-engagement.
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