There are many recognised benefits to be gained from engaging in residential, outdoor learning visits. These include personal and social development, where independence, team work, confidence and self-esteem can be raised and strengthened through fun and challenging group activities, often in new and natural surroundings. Many of these benefits can be transferred back to the classroom and beyond where they can have real and lasting impact. Working in teams, your child will participate in a number of adventurous activities and sleep in tents with friends, and with school staff close by. The sample programme attached gives you an idea of what your child will be getting up to. We also suggest you take a look at the short Entrust film available on their website at: https://www.entrustoutdoors.co.uk/why-choose-entrust
Information from Entrust:
Safety is our number one priority. All our staff are DBS(CRB) cleared and have undergone extensive and rigorous training in all aspects of safety management relevant to their roles. We will also always have a trained first aider on-site when residential groups are with us.
Accessibility & Inclusivity
We try to be as inclusive as possible and will go to great lengths to try and make sure all course participants are treated respectfully and fairly, with every chance to meaningfully participate. Course staff have undergone specific training in supporting people with a wide range of abilities.
All our centres and sites are nut free and our catering team are highly competent in advising on and providing for a wide range of special dietary requirements and allergen avoidance.
All food will be provided by the centre.
We will always have a first aid trained member of our staff on-site when there are groups staying with us and they’ll always make sure you know where to find them in case you need them during the night.
Children will be sleeping in dormitories, with school staff close by.
Dressing for the British weather!
Laches Wood follows an outdoor activity programme, and although there are wet weather plans in place, we try to spend as much time as we can in the fresh air. The intention wherever possible is for pupils to be outside all the time and so they should be advised to dress accordingly.
Please find a kit list attached above.
An important part of residential is making sure we all look after one another and that the site is kept neat and tidy. This will only include keeping their dormitories tidy as cleaners will be regularly cleaning the site to ensure it is Covid-compliant.
Communications and contact
Part of the joy of being in a wilderness setting is that there are precious few screens and not much call for participants to stay tied to their phones. Children will NOT be allowed to bring phones or any other electronics, but please be assured that we will contact you if we need to.