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.
“We had really good feedback from our Year 7 students and staff – the students said they made fantastic memories. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know our students better, some of whom we only met two weeks ago”. Pimlico Academy
“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”. Ian Finch, Assistant Headteacher, Simon Balle Secondary School
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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.
View our Adventure Planner for information on our residential adventure trip options for secondary schools
Our canvas bell tents and woodland lodges provide comfortable accommodation set in natural woodland in South East England.
Starting at only £99.00, all camps include activities, meals, full evening activity programme, experienced instructors and free teacher places.
Build your own itinerary of activities including bushcraft, team-building, archery, pot-holing, abseiling, zipwire, kayaking, climbing, crate stacking and lots more!
Answers to some of the questions that teachers and group leaders often ask
View example programme – two-night residential secondary school trip
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…
"We cannot fault the professionalism, skill and enthusiasm of the staff. Every single member of the team worked very hard and we could not ask for more. They have the right balance of respect, discipline and keeping the fun element for the children."
"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""
"The trip met our objectives and surpassed them. It gets better every year. We love the instructors as they are awesome role models."
"A fabulously engaging and inspiring visit for our children who would not get to experience these activities elsewhere."
"We were impressed with the practical nature of tasks rather than all about thrill-seeking. We loved the relaxed nature of our time, smooth transitions and patient, caring staff"
"Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."