Inspiring a lifetime of adventure
The benefits of outdoor learning are varied, and widely acknowledged. The term ‘Brilliant Residentials’, created by the Learning Away campaign, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, highlights the physiological and educational benefits of allowing pupils of all ages to engage in good quality outdoor learning opportunities throughout their education.
As part of their Secondary School journey, pupils get the most benefit from learning opportunities that build resilience and independence, strengthen their confidence, and improve communication with their peers and teachers. Outdoor learning provides invaluable opportunities to build on these essential skills, that help children grow into confident, independent and successful adults.
A secondary school outdoor adventure could fulfil a wide range of objectives. It could:
– Help ease the transition from Primary school.
– Encourage teambuilding with new peers.
– Encourage the development of practical life skills through bushcraft, outdoor survival days, designed to teach pupils the importance of the natural world we live in.
– Build resilience and encourage perseverance through challenging outdoor activities
– Work as an introduction to inspire future outdoor challenges such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
– Connect classroom learning with real life experiences.
“When we chose Wildchild to deliver our Year 7 transition residential the idea was for our new pupils to get to know each other, learn to work together and the importance of our natural environment. The trip did all of that and so much more – since returning to school we’ve noticed a real bond among pupils and teachers alike, and a big improvement in communication and teamwork. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to doing it all again next year!” Ian Finch, Assistant Headteacher, Simon Balle Secondary School
Our focus on providing pupils with a ‘real’ outdoor adventure helps pupils establish a meaningful connection with the great outdoors. Through teambuilding games and challenges, bushcraft survival skills sessions, and outdoor adventures such as kayaking, climbing, potholing and zipwire, we encourage pupils to work together, to explore the outdoors, to believe in their abilities, and by supporting each other, to overcome any challenges along the way.
Choose between authentic canvas bell tents or dormitory-style lodges both offering comfortable accommodation and ideally located for your adventure.
Starting at only £99.00, all camps include activities, meals, full evening activity programme, experienced instructors and free teacher places.
Established Outdoor centres in idyllic woodland settings with excellent facilities, our locations are near to London and within easy reach of the M25 and M1.
Build your own itinerary of activities including bushcraft, team-building, archery, pot-holing, abseiling, zipwire, kayaking, climbing, crate stacking and lots more!
Our established UK activity centres are carefully chosen for their woodland areas, high-quality adventure activities, and well maintained onsite facilities, as well as flexible accommodation options.
Situated in Hertfordshire, within an hour of London, and close to the M1 and M25, we provide schools with a cost-effective, easy-to-reach alternative meaning your pupils could be spending more time outdoors, and less on the coach to get here!
The acres of natural woodland provide the ideal place for pupils to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. Children, particularly those from inner-city areas, benefit from a unique opportunity to explore and connect with the natural environment, in a way they may rarely have the opportunity to on a day-to-day basis.
Key Stage 3 Activities Include:
Starting from only £99.00 per pupil, Wildchild Residential Adventure trips are tailored to suit each school’s individual requirements and objectives and include…
"Thank you so much for a phenomenal trip – we couldn’t have asked for anything more. All children and staff have not stopped sharing stories about our experience. We’re definitely coming back next year!"
"We had a brilliant three days – a real highlight of the year for children and adults! One teacher summed it up as “the highlight of my career”. The children loved it and are already excited about the next trip"
"Just wanted to thank all the Wildchild team. We had such a great time! Everyone loved it. You have a great team. Everyone is so passionate and our kids felt at home, safe and looked after. They told me on the bus they did not even miss their parents. When you are having fun, time flies!"
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you for all the hard work you put in for us this weekend! We had such a good time and the children have been buzzing about it today, despite being very very tired!"
"A fantastic fun packed day with a lovely group of very enthusiastic instructors. Thank you to your team for making our outdoor adventure day such a positive experience."
"When we chose Wildchild to deliver our Year 7 transition residential the idea was for our new pupils to get to know each other, learn to work together and the importance of our natural environment. The trip did all of that and so much more – since returning to school we’ve noticed a real bond among pupils and teachers alike, and a big improvement in communication and teamwork. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to doing it all again next year!"