Seasonal Outdoor Education
Low Season & Off Peak Savings
Do you always take your school residential trip late in the summer term? There may be good reasons for doing so, but if you are able to look at other times during the year, you'll have a wider choice of venues and the cost of your trip is likely to be significantly lower. The venues below are just a sample of the types of savings you can make on your outdoor education residential. Use the purple form below to let us know about your trip and we'll help you get the best prices.
Outdoor education forms and important part of school life for the majority of pupils, with most school age children being given the opportunity to go on a residential school trip at least once during their primary and secondary education.
If we look at our own data from working with thousands of school over the past five years, the majority of schools take their Year 6 children on an outdoor pursuits trip or something similar. This is usually as a reward for the end of exams or a goodbye for their final year at Primary school. In Year 7 schools take pupils on a residential as a way of welcoming them to Secondary school.
The expected outcomes include through team building and bonding, and the development of social skills and confidence. The majority of these trips last for 5 days and run Monday to Friday. The final trend we'll mention is the time of year that these trips are taken. Primary schools overwhelmingly opt for the summer term following the SATs exams, while Secondary schools cluster around the first few weeks in September.
There are, however, plenty of schools who's circumstances do not fit this mould, and who are looking for something different from their outdoor educational experience.
Why do residential trips cluster in May, June, July and September?
We already mentioned SATs for Year 6, but this summer term exam period is also mirrored in secondary schools. While Year 7 children are not necessarily taking exams themselves, many schools take the opportunity to keep the rest of the school out of the way during the GCSE period and taking groups away on a residential trip during this time may kill two birds with one stone. Another factor is the weather; the summer months less likely to deposit wet and windy weather on you if you are camping in a field or at least spending most of the day outside doing activities.
Why should you consider other times of year?
Helping schools organise their outdoor education experiences, we are increasingly aware of how many schools are restricted in what they can offer their pupils because of funding. Whether the schools are unable to contribute to the cost because of cuts to budgets, or they are severely limited on how much they can expect parents to pay, prohibitive costs can prevent trips from taking place and is the main reason children are unable to take part in an outdoor education experience.
What some schools may not realise is how much the cost is affected by the time they are looking to travel. In the same way you will pay a lot more for your villa in the Algarve during August when the owner could let out the property many times over, if you get in early enough to book a week at a residential centre in early July, they price you will be asked for will be significantly more than if you were to try to book the same trip in April or October.
Being flexible with the dates of your outdoor education experience is a great way to bring down the average cost per pupil. We have included some examples of savings below, but ask us about any outdoor education trip and we'll help you get the best price for your group.