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Help them grow into confident, successful learners with an award-winning adventure designed for KS3 students.

Residential trips for secondary schools

Our flexible activity programmes are designed around the needs of your KS3 students. Use a Wildchild secondary school trip to broaden horizons, develop learning skills and foster the practical life skills your students need. It’s the perfect complement to classroom learning.

Benefits of a Wildchild Adventure for secondary schools

  • A programme tailored to your needs
  • Choose from one-night adventures to four-night stays
  • Professional instructors to lead all activities
  • Flexible indoor and outdoor accommodation for year-round adventures
  • Exclusive use of our beautiful woodland location
  • Bushcraft, survival and adventure activities designed to create independent learners
  • Full programme of evening activities

“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

What do you get with a Wildchild trip for secondary schools?

With Wildchild there’s no hidden extras. Everything is included in the price, just bring a packed lunch for your first day. We’re proud to be different from many outdoor adventure providers. Our trips are more than just rushing between activities.

There are three essential elements to a Wildchild adventure:

  1. Outdoor adventurous activities: kayaking, climbing, high ropes and more to develop perseverance, confidence building and resilience
  2. Bushcraft survival skills sessions: make meaningful connections with nature, learn new skills and overcome challenges
  3. Team building games and activities: supporting each other to build stronger bonds and deeper friendships

Let's explore your Wildchild experience

1: Adventurous activities to develop resilience
Enjoy the opportunity to choose activities that benefit your learners. They’re all carefully designed to excite and engage KS3 students. The longer you stay, the more you’ll get to experience.

Choose from:

  • Abseiling
  • Zip wire
  • Archery
  • High ropes
  • Potholing
  • Crate stacking
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking- exclusively for our four-night adventures

Check out our adventure planner to decide which activities you want to choose.

2: Wild Survivor Bushcraft to learn new skills
Put their survival abilities to the test with a range of outdoor activities to encourage teamwork. It’s the perfect introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Your students will love learning:

  • Shelter building
  • Water filtration
  • Fire lighting
  • Campfire cooking

Stay for two nights or more to experience our Wild Explorer games, tracking skills and navigation activities.

3: Team-building games to build stronger friendships
Unite a year group with team-building tasks designed to develop problem-solving skills. You’ll see friendships formed as students support each other to overcome challenges along the way.

In the evening, our skilled instructors will lead a range of activities your students will love. Cresta-run tobogganing, ambush games, bat detection missions or night-time safaris offer fun and thrills for students and staff alike.

Look at our sample plan to see what your stay could look like.

“A great experience for the students. It was fantastic to see them working together, out of their comfort zone, and away from any technology. The fresh air, open fields and fun activities shows a different side to them all.” Emily Robinson, Head of Year 7, Simon Balle School

Professional instructors as leaders and role models

You can relax knowing our trained instructors will be with you every step of the way. All our instructors have specialised outdoor education training, first aid certification and DBS checking.

From lighting the campfire to running all your activities, their aim is to build positive relationships with your students and give you a stress-free stay.

Building memories on your secondary residential trip

Our evening campfire, complete with hot chocolate and biscuits, is often the thing students love the most. It’s a chance for bonding, talking and a good singsong around the fire.

We even provide a range of camp games to keep your students entertained during their free time. Our giant board games, table tennis and multi-sports means there’s no chance to feel bored.

“We had really good feedback from our Year 7 students and staff. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know our students better.” Pimlico Academy

An outdoor residential trip close to London

Do you dread the days spent travelling? Most outdoor adventurous trips involve a lengthy journey. With Wildchild you can choose from our two locations, both conveniently close to London, to reduce your travel time and expense.

  • Visit our Hertfordshire centre: just north of Watford, set in 95 acres of meadows and natural woodland. It’s within easy reach of the M1 and M25.
  • Enjoy our Surrey centre: set in England’s leafiest county. It’s conveniently located near the M25 surrounded by beautiful forest and woodland.

Flexible accommodation options

Our indoor accommodation options mean your students will stay warm and dry all-year round. It’s perfect if you’re planning a year 7 transition trip in the Autumn term. As well as our popular summer bell tents, choose from glamping pods in Surrey or lodges at our Hertfordshire locations.

You will enjoy:

  • In Surrey: Warm and dry glamping pods with underfloor heating
  • In Hertfordshire: Cosy woodland lodges to keep the weather away
  • Sheltered outdoor spaces and campfire
  • Indoor eating areas

“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.”
Ian Finch, Assistant Headteacher, Simon Balle Secondary School

Why choose a Wildchild residential adventure trip for secondary schools?

There are many reasons teachers choose Wildchild. Unlike larger providers, we give you flexibility, choice and exclusive use of our site. That’s why schools return to us year after year.

A Wildchild adventure is perfect for supporting transition between year groups and a popular end-of-year celebration. It’s a marvellous way to recognise student success or engage harder to reach students.

Included in every Wildchild adventure:

  • Dedicated instructors with you every step of the way
  • Indoor or outdoor sleeping facilities
  • A range of adventurous activities
  • Bushcraft survival skills
  • Games and activities to enjoy
  • Substantial and nutritious meals that cater to dietary requirements
  • Excellent shower and toilet facilities
  • Evening campfire with hot chocolate and biscuits

To discuss a Wildchild Adventure for your school, click here or call us on 0845 3717099 now.


  • "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."