Residential School Trips

Outdoor pursuits activity centres

Residential outdoor education has numerous benefits for school children and young adults alike. Team bonding activities, individual skills development, confidence building outdoor pursuits, plus the experience of living together 24 hours a day, all combine to ensure each and every student will benefit from a residential school trip.

Away from home, perhaps for the first time, school residential trips form such an important part of growing up and are the perfect opportunity for a valuable learning experience. Make your school's annual residential as stress free as possible by getting help with risk assessments, lesson plans, free inspection visits and places for teachers.

If you visit the same activity centre every year, you may not be getting the best value for money. Other ways to find cheaper residential school trips include taking your trip outside peak times, or having activities visit your school.

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UKSA

location icon School Trip London & South East
apple icon Subjects: SEN, Sports Centre, Team Building, Watersports, Accommodation Only, Physical Education


With 35 years of experience, UKSA offers young people a fun and safe outdoor environment in which to learn important life skills to excel. Bespoke packages in sailing, watersports, and teambuilding include accommodation, food, kit, and tuition.

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We Found 137 Residential School Trips

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Oaker Wood Leisure

icon location West Midlands

Oaker Wood Leisure

icon subject Physical Education, SEN, Watersports, Accommodation Only, Team Building
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £50 per child per day

Woodland Outdoor Activity centre with 2 Glamping Villages which can be booked by schools for exclusive use. Sleeps up to 60 in each village. Wooden Glamping Pods sleeping up to 8. Catered or self catered. High Ropes, Low Ropes, Team Building, Rafting

special offer iconAvon Tyrrell

icon location London & South East

Avon Tyrrell

icon subject Physical Education, SEN, Watersports
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £145pp

Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is located in the stunning New Forest National Park and offers an extensive range of site activities, all linked to the National Curriculum as well as various accommodation options for organised groups.

UKSA

icon location London & South East

UKSA

icon subject SEN, Sports Centre, Team Building, Watersports, Accommodation Only, Physical Education
Residential Trip Offer:
Base Camp accommodation £40 p/p/p/n

With 35 years of experience, UKSA offers young people a fun and safe outdoor environment in which to learn important life skills to excel. Bespoke packages in sailing, watersports, and teambuilding include accommodation, food, kit, and tuition.

Edgmond Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning

icon location West Midlands

Edgmond Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning

icon subject Citizenship, Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £140pp for 2 nights / 3 days, and £265pp for 4 nights / 5 days

Set in a converted Georgian farm in 43 acres of woodland, fields and gardens, our friendly full-time team deliver a wide range of outdoor & creative adventures for a special learning experience. Day visits, residentials, and sole occupancy available.




Adur Outdoor Activity Centre

icon location London & South East

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre

icon subject Bushcraft, Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Education, Watersports

The Adur Centre is ideal for your school residential trip. We offer amazing activities including climbing, paddle sports, mountain biking and many more. The trip will be tailored to meet your needs and our residential trips are outstanding value!

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

icon location West Midlands

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Bushcraft, Citizenship, Physical Education, PSHE, Team Building, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £123 per child for a 3 day, all inclusive residential

Forest-based adventurous and environmental courses set in 90 acres of oak woodland in the beautiful Wyre Forest. Accommodation options are a main centre and glamping pods. Sole occupancy and bespoke courses available

Schools & Colleges Residentials

icon location South West

Schools & Colleges Residentials

icon subject Local History, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education, Watersports, Wildlife

Residential site in Tintagel, North Cornwall, overlooking the sea. Make the trip your way with use of all facilities. Catering options. Local providers give on and off site activities for a high quality and diverse program. Create resilience and fun.

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

icon location Wales

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, Bushcraft, SEN

Plas Gwynant is an amazing setting in its own parkland at the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, and offers high qualilty outdoor learning amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Sole occupancy is available.


special offer iconLondon & Ipswich-Secret War to Cold War

icon location East of England

London & Ipswich-Secret War to Cold War

icon subject Ancient Civilisations, Industrial, Medieval, Monarchs, Victorian

Battlefield & History Tours specialises in exactly that. London and Ipswich are filled with history and visits that bring studies to life. A time of spies, propaganda, espionage, mistrust and bluff.

Celtic Camping Residential Site

icon location Wales

Celtic Camping Residential Site

icon subject Accommodation Only, Bushcraft, Geology, Team Building, Watersports

Celtic Camping provides a selection of bespoke school accommodations amidst the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, on the West Coast of Wales. Multiple properties tailored to meet your school's needs await your educational adventure.

Cote Ghyll Mill YHA

icon location Yorkshire

Cote Ghyll Mill YHA

icon subject Bushcraft, Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife, Accommodation Only

Cote Ghyll Mill is a VisitEngland 4-star rated group accommodation in a converted linen mill, nestled in the idyllic countryside of the North York Moors National Park.

Comrie Croft

icon location Scotland

Comrie Croft

icon subject Accommodation Only

Comrie Croft, set on 230 acres of woodlands is the perfect destination for DIY school trips. Boasting its own outdoor school area and 20km of mountain bike trails, it’s just over an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.


The Wingate Centre

icon location North West

The Wingate Centre

icon subject Accommodation Only, Art, Bushcraft, Performing Arts, Drama, SEN, Sports Centre, Team Building, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £80.00

The Wingate Centre offers fully-catered holiday accommodation. 22 twin bedrooms across two self-contained floors, each with a shared lounge. Children & young adults of all abilities and disabilities can holiday in a safe and fun environment.

special offer iconOxenwood Outdoor Education Centre

icon location South West

Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Bushcraft, Ancient Civilisations, Celts, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Tudors, Vikings, World War

Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre is a not-for-profit centre providing affordable, quality day and residential trips for schools based in the open countryside. Enjoy exclusive single occupancy tailored to your needs. We can't wait to meet you

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

icon location East of England

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Physical Education, SEN
Residential Trip Offer:
£119 + VAT

We are an independent centre in beautiful North Norfolk, run by qualified teachers and experienced instructors. We offer an exciting range of curriculum linked outdoor activities to a loyal following of schools - one on their 30th visit in 2023!

Twin Entrepreneur Programme

icon location London & South East

Twin Entrepreneur Programme

icon subject Business

This specialist programme consists of engaging lessons to improve business skills, creative thinking and problem solving techniques.


Cohort Educational Trips

icon location South West

Cohort Educational Trips

icon subject Accommodation Only, Art, Geography, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, Physical Education, Sustainability, Watersports

Cohort is a multi-award winning, educational trip accommodation provider. We support you in delivering inspiring and transformative learning experiences for students of all ages. We specialise in Art, Geography, Primary School and Enrichment trips.

Adventure Beyond

icon location Wales

Adventure Beyond

icon subject Bushcraft, Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Education, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife

Real adventure education supporting health and well-being and environmental respect.

CYMs Basecamp - Suffolk

icon location East of England

CYMs Basecamp - Suffolk

icon subject Citizenship, English, Food, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife

Basecamp is a unique adventure based residential activity programme nestled in the heart of rural Suffolk. It is meticulously designed to strengthen confidence, teamwork and a build wider understanding of the world around us.

Goblin Combe Lodge - Bristol

icon location South West

Goblin Combe Lodge - Bristol

icon subject Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Team Building, Environmental Geography

We are thrilled to have recently reopened Goblin Combe Lodge, campground, and woodland. This is a great facility, set within a limestone gorge, in 130 acres of natural woodland. Goblin Combe is just waiting for you to explore !!


Kilvrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre

icon location All UK Regions

Kilvrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Fieldstudies, Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, Geology

Our educational courses bring together a residential experience with expert-led adventure activities. Courses are designed to give a potentially life enhancing experience and memories that can last a lifetime. Our courses are educational and fun.

Yenworthy Lodge

icon location South West

Yenworthy Lodge

icon subject Fieldstudies, Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, Geology

Our educational courses bring together a residential experience with expert-led adventure activities. Courses are designed to give a potentially life enhancing experience and memories that can last a lifetime. Our courses are educational and fun.

Hindleap Warren

icon location London & South East

Hindleap Warren

icon subject Bushcraft, Citizenship, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife

Set in 300 acres of private woodland in the Ashdown Forest, Hindleap offers a wide range outdoor adventurous activities, including; high ropes courses, bushcraft, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing, obstacle course and team building challenges.

Sayers Croft

icon location London & South East

Sayers Croft

icon subject History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Physical Education, SEN, Wildlife

Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors p.a. of all ages and abilities. We offer bespoke residential and day visits for schools, community groups and DofE Award participants


Portland Outdoor Centre

icon location South West

Portland Outdoor Centre

icon subject Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Team Building, Watersports
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices from £217

The Isle of Portland, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site makes us perfect for adventurous and educational residential trips. A stunning coastal playground, comfortable accommodation and great food. All the ingredients for a great trip!

Woodrow High House

icon location London & South East

Woodrow High House

icon subject Bushcraft, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN, Sports Centre, Wildlife

We put your needs at the heart of everything we do. We'll work with you to develop a bespoke activity programme, focused on core skill-development & learning, whilst ensuring it's always fun! Join us for an adventure and explore the great outdoors.

special offer iconAction Packed Residential Trips

icon location West Midlands

Action Packed Residential Trips

icon subject Accommodation Only, Bushcraft, Citizenship, Physical Education, PSHE, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
Day visits from £31.50 per pupil to £89.50 per pupil for a half week residential on selected dates

Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning provide an outdoor education experience to groups of young people. We offer residential, camping and day visits, packaged with a fantastic range of outdoor adventurous activities suitable for everyone

Buzz Active Bushy Wood

icon location London & South East

Buzz Active Bushy Wood

icon subject Bushcraft, Physical Education, SEN, Sports Centre, Team Building, Watersports, Accommodation Only

Buzz Active provide affordable outdoor education, water sport and activity sessions, days and residential trips to the whole community. Three great locations combine to create an excellent residential. or choose to visit just one of our locations.


Woodlands Outdoor Education Centre

icon location Wales

Woodlands Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Fieldstudies, Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, Geology

Our educational courses bring together a residential experience with expert-led adventure activities. Courses are designed to give a potentially life enhancing experience and memories that can last a lifetime. Our courses are educational and fun.

Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

icon location West Midlands

Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

icon subject Citizenship, Performing Arts, Music, Art, SEN

Ingestre Arts deliver unique, transferable learning experiences through creative & expressive arts such as music, drama, visual art, dance & animation. The UKs only dedicated residential arts centre, a residential with us is unlike any other!

Encompass Training

icon location South West

Encompass Training

icon subject Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

In the heart of rural Devon, Encompass Training is based at the historic grade 1 listed Great Potheridge House. We focus on providing a wide range quality outdoor education activities with sole occupancy and experience staffing.

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

icon location South West

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

icon subject Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN, Wildlife, Accommodation Only
Residential Trip Offer:
From £75pp for an overnight stay

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories.


special offer iconIsle of Wight for Primary & Middle Schools-Curriculum Travel

icon location London & South East

Isle of Wight for Primary & Middle Schools-Curriculum Travel

icon subject History, Romans, Victorian, World War, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices starting from £99 per student

At Curriculum Travel, we focus on younger learners, offering age-suitable tours, including trips to the Isle of Wight. This destination provides an almost foreign experience without leaving the country, ideal for primary and middle school students.

YHA Conwy

icon location Wales

YHA Conwy

icon subject Accommodation Only

With Conwy Castle on one side and Snowdonia National Park on the other, YHA Conwy is perfect for exploring the best that North Wales has to offer.

Edinburgh

icon location Scotland

Edinburgh

icon subject English, History, Romans, Medieval, Industrial, SEN, City Break

Take your students on a school trip to Edinburgh, streets that inspired the wizarding world, enchanting castles and rich history, a hub for creativity and culture and an incredibly unique cityscape pairing traditional elements with a modern twist.

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre

icon location East Midlands

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre

icon subject Citizenship, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, Accommodation Only

In the heart of the Peak District, Crowden Outdoor Educational Centre has been working with schools and youth groups since 1979. Creating bespoke outdoor learning opportunities and utilising the natural environment for a real adventure.


Preston Montford Field Centre

icon location West Midlands

Preston Montford Field Centre

icon subject History, Industrial, Science, Biology, Geography, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Geology, Team Building, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
3 days from £155

Preston Montford has easy access to a wide range of sites from the South Shropshire Hills AONB, to Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Ludlow, Birmingham and Snowdonia. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.

Cornwall Art Tour

icon location South West

Cornwall Art Tour

icon subject Industrial, Victorian, Physical Education, Art, SEN, City Break

Take your students to a world-class artists region, home of the Tate, Barbara Hepworth and incredible landscapes shed in natural light - this is Cornwall.

Ufton Court

icon location London & South East

Ufton Court

icon subject Bushcraft, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, World War, SEN

At Ufton, we provide engaging history and outdoor learning school trips for Schools across the South East.

STEM Residential

icon location London & South East

STEM Residential

icon subject Engineering, Maths, Science, Biology

Experience an immersive STEM adventure, exploring our heritage woodlands, uncover animal secrets, master fire lighting, and challenge physics. Engage in experiments and challenges that fuel curiosity and imagination!


Skern Lodge Residential Visits

icon location South West

Skern Lodge Residential Visits

icon subject Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, SEN, Watersports
Residential Trip Offer:
2 days, 1 night £77.50+VAT pp, 3 days, 2 nights £118.50+VAT pp.

Skern Lodge is one of the leading providers of outdoor learning and development in the UK. Offering a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and geography fieldwork opportunities from its Centre on the North Devon coast.

Stratford Overnight English & History Trip with Equity

icon location West Midlands

Stratford Overnight English & History Trip with Equity

icon subject English, History, Tudors, SEN

To be or not to be, that is the question? Stratford-upon-Avon is most certainly the place to be! Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy an educational trip to this ultimate literary destination where they can wander through the pages of his stories.

Dublin

icon location Ireland

Dublin

icon subject English, History, Twentieth Century, Vikings, Saxons

Dublin is the vibrant and fun-loving city that wins the hearts of the thousands who visit each year. Rich with unique history, fantastic buildings and a modern economic boom this enchanting city perfectly couples tradition with a modern twist

Arc Adventures

icon location Wales

Arc Adventures

icon subject Geography, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Art, Bushcraft, Business, Careers, Citizenship, English, Farm, Fieldstudies, Geology, Maths, Performing Arts, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN, Watersports, Wildlife

Perfect Mountain side activity centre with no fabricated environments - Real activities in real locations. We aim to provide new elements to the residential experience that take Outdoor Ed. to the next level.


Cornwall Tour

icon location South West

Cornwall Tour

icon subject Science, Geography, Art, Biology, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education, City Break

Cornwall is a safe, accessible and inspiring location for school groups of all ages! Bursting with curriculum-based visits and activities, ranging from science and geography to art and design, what will your students discover?

Activity and Watersports Trips to Spain with Equity

icon location All UK Regions

Activity and Watersports Trips to Spain with Equity

icon subject Physical Education, Watersports

Home to breathtaking beaches and a beautiful climate and culture, groups can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities along Spain's Costa Brava coastline including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, stand up paddle boarding and more.

special offer iconYork for Primary & Middle schools - Curriculum Travel

icon location Yorkshire

York for Primary & Middle schools - Curriculum Travel

icon subject History, Romans, Vikings
Residential Trip Offer:
Prices starting from £99 per student

Curriculum Travel specializes in providing educational tours tailored for young learners. Our itineraries include immersive experiences in Viking history, visits to Eden Camp, explorations of York Minster, tours of the National Railway Museum

Belfast

icon location Ireland

Belfast

icon subject History, World War, SEN, City Break

Belfast is a city bursting with a unique history and Irish culture. It seamlessly blends modern architecture with its breath-taking heritage sites. Take your students to explore the home of the RMS Titanic and the uniquely, vibrant Belfast.


Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

icon location All UK Regions

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

icon subject Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
3 days from £155

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills.

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

icon location North East

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

icon subject Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Romans, Physical Education, Science, Physics

Brand new for 2017 – this state-of-the-art hostel is an exciting £14.8 million initiative created in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority. It is the ideal base for exploring the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site.

YHA London Lee Valley

icon location London & South East

YHA London Lee Valley

icon subject Accommodation Only

Set on the edge of 10,000 acres of Lee Valley Country Park, you might be surprised to find out that that YHA London Lee Valley is only 20-minutes away from central London. It’s the ideal destination south east school trips.

YHA Edale

icon location East Midlands

YHA Edale

icon subject Citizenship, Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education

Outdoor adventures in the Peak District don’t get better than this! YHA Edale is a grand country house literally on the slopes of Kinder Scout, and surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Edale valley.


Adventure Residential Trips

icon location Wales

Adventure Residential Trips

icon subject Bushcraft, Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Education, Science, Biology, Watersports, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
Off Peak Discount at TYF

Our mission is to inspire pupils to live long, adventurous lives connected to nature and the environment. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park provides a perfect setting for outdoor learning - stunning beaches, sea cliffs and abundant wildlife.

Dale Fort FIeld Centre

icon location Wales

Dale Fort FIeld Centre

icon subject Science, Biology, Geography, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Geology, Physical Education, Team Building, Watersports, Wildlife
Residential Trip Offer:
3 days from £155

Dale Fort is set in a spectacular location high on the cliffs within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, giving superb views over the sea. It has access to a wide range of sites for biology, geography and adventure activities at all ages.

Drama In The Woods Day Visits and Camp Outs! North London

icon location London & South East

Drama In The Woods Day Visits and Camp Outs! North London

icon subject Citizenship, Performing Arts, SEN, Team Building, Wildlife

Drama and the Woods invite your students to join us for a wonderful day visit or camp out in the woods. Come along to run wild, connect with nature and explore drama and open-air theatre in a woodland environment.

Dance Trip to London with Equity

icon location London & South East

Dance Trip to London with Equity

icon subject Dance, Performing Arts, Physical Education

Develop dance skills and experience a West End show on our dance and performing arts trips to London. Students can take part in workshops led by dance professionals at the prestigious Pineapple Dance Studios and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.


Dublin - English and Drama School Trips

icon location Ireland

Dublin - English and Drama School Trips

icon subject English

Dublin is a treasure trove of theatrical and literary delights! Home to some of the most influential names across literature from Bram Stoker to Oscar Wilde. Dublin also boasts both modern and historical theatres for students to explore and enjoy.

Newlands Adventure Centre

icon location North West

Newlands Adventure Centre

icon subject Accommodation Only, Physical Geography, Physical Education

Embark on a stress-free school residential at Newlands Adventure Centre! Nestled in the Lake District, our historic full-board outdoor haven ensures an unforgettable experience for students. Enjoy Ghyll Scrambling, High Ropes, Paddleboarding & more.

YHA Chester Trafford Hall

icon location North West

YHA Chester Trafford Hall

icon subject English, History, Romans

YHA Chester Trafford Hall is a glorious Georgian house with 14 acres of grounds complete with nature walks and landscaped gardens to explore.

Ackers Adventure Residential centre

icon location West Midlands

Ackers Adventure Residential centre

icon subject Bushcraft, Physical Education, Science, Biology, SEN, Team Building, Watersports, Maths, Physics

Ackers Adventure is an Adventurous Activity Centre just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. A 75 acre site offering many activities such as canoeing, climbing, skiing & residential stays, making Ackers a totally unique venue for a school trip.

Primary School Groups

For many primary school children, the school residential may be their first time away from home. For such an important life experience, finding an activity centre that will give your pupils a challenging but safe experience is vital. Primary aged children will benefit most from lots of new activities and experiences, allowing them to grow in confidence and learn some new skills. A good residential activity centre will employ instructors who have the ability to work with primary school groups to make each activity session valuable for every child.

Secondary School Groups

Secondary school groups will have slightly different learning objectives when it comes to a residential activity holiday. Teachers may be looking to cement relationships within a new year group by allowing students to work together in teams, or the trip may be an opportunity to give soon to be school leavers some key skills before they enter the work place. Whatever the objective, a secondary school residential is a good way to mix curriculum linked learning with outdoor fun and adventure.

Residential Field Studies

If your school group are looking for an environmental field studies based residential trip then we can help with that too! We have a great choice of teacher led, accommodation only centres, as well as those that specialise in multi day fieldwork trips for all key stages of the curriculum. For geography or science based residential study trips, take a look at the following page: Field Studies


How to Choose a Residential Centre

Local authority managed Outdoor Education Centres have been providing outdoor learning experiences for school children since the 1950s. In recent years the number of council run centres has been in steep decline, as public spending is slashed and service provision is shifted to the private sector. Thankfully for schools wishing to book a residential activity week, there are still plenty of specialist centres available to offer adventurous activities to your students. With so many residential activity options for teachers to choose from, how do you choose between them and what is most important?

residential costCost - for the majority of schools who ask us to help them find a good residential activity centre, cost is a one of, and in many cases, the single most important factors. Schools cannot afford to pay the full cost of the trip, so will ask parents for a voluntary contribution. Clearly the lower the cost of the trip, the more children will be able to attend. Getting quotes from a number of activity centres is something every school should do. You can also look at additional sources of funding too. Think about how far ahead you book your trip - lots of schools leave organising their residential until the last minute. This can work in their favour if they are looking at off-peak times of the year, which centres are starting to offer discounted late availability, but for popular weeks, booking early is recommended if you want to get the best prices. While cost is important, we don't think it should always be the deciding factor.

residential safetySafety - safety is important for every year group. A well run, professional residential centre will have a number of industry standard badges, awards or certificates to show that their management practices, staff and safety procedures are up to scratch. Some examples of these include the LOtC, AALA, and Adventure Mark. The instructors will be responsible for the children's safety, though most activities will include tuition so that students can take some responsibility themselves.

residential planningPlanning - organising your school residential holiday involves a fair bit of planning, but most activity centres know how to make the job easier by providing help in the form of kit lists, meal request sheets, and travel arrangements. General advice is to give yourself as much time as possible when booking your school residential, if nothing else it means the more popular venues are less likely to be already booked up for your preferred week.

residential inspectionInspection - An inspection visit will allow you to see the facilities on offer and make it much easier to judge whether the centre is a good fit for your school. Brochures and websites can give a good indication, but seeing first hand is always preferable if you can spare the time. While you are visiting, make sure you take a list of prepared questions that cover any issues or concerns you may have.

residential learning outcomesOutcomes - Learning outcomes is one of the biggest buzz words when it comes to school trips. Enjoyment of the experience itself is great, but ideally you want to be able to demonstrate that your students will benefit from participation, teamwork, physical and competitive achievements, learning new skills, and a whole host of other key benefits.


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