School Trips & Residentials

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Planned visits for 2012/2012

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Howtown 2012 Day 4

Apologies for the lack of a blog post yesterday – the internet signal struggled to get through the rain!

Over the last two days, Year 6 have had a range of experiences and adventures led by their fabulous instructors.

Some children had the pleasure of being accompanied by Her Majesty Mrs Hawksworth (!) on their 8km walk across the beautiful countryside after catching a boat across Ullswater Lake.  Miss Noble supported as several brave children climbed a rock face and showed each other tremendous encouragement.  Today, Miss Greenwood accompanied one group on their canoe trip – everybody learned new skills and had a great time.  The wind was starting to increase and Theo and Eden found themselves slightly blown off course!  Nothing to worry about…their instructor steered them back in and they were both giggling and happy!

Miss Maltby was eager to experience some of the more challenging terrain and she set off on a hill walk with one group.  The hills are alive with the sound of sheep and Miss Maltby ate her lunch whilst sitting in a little…present from said sheep (!)

Other groups also challenged themselves by taking part in an assault course (Miss Maltby and Miss Greenwood proved themselves to be very agile) and showing lots of teamwork.  Beneath the ground, one group carried out an expedition through dark, damp tunnels – they drew a map of their route and worked together really well.

As you know, we are coming home tomorrow and your tired, happy children are looking forward to seeing you again.  We aim to be back at school for 4.30pm and will advise you of any changes via text message.  See you soon!

Howtown 2012 Day 2

Year 6 woke up to a delicious selection of breakfast treats this morning. Following a dorm inspection (!) one of the groups presented us with the weather forecast for the day ... we knew that the waterproofs were coming out! We assembled in to our activity groups and set off with our trusted instructors on various exciting challenges.

One of the activities some of the children participated in was 'gorge walking'. This involved us working collaboratively to climb over waterfalls. The children were given tips on how to do this safely, including the use of the Roman Handshake to assist them in navigating the gorge properly. Some of our urban children were extremely comfortable in this rural environment, even treating the cold water as a not-so-hot tub! The activity finished with a crawl through a narrow tube which lead underneath a road. Despite the obvious claustrophobia the children showed immense bravery.

After an exhausting yet rewarding day, imagine our delight when we entered the dining room to be welcomed by an array of wholesome hearty dishes.

This evening the children are taking part in an excellent evening activity called 'Nightline' where they will be encouraged to use the learning skill of reciprocity to work as a team. Over the last 48 hours we have seen a visible and tremendous improvement in year six's ability to work as a team and we are certain that this will continue to improve over the next few days.

Howtown 2012 Day 1

Year 6 arrived safely in Howtown at 1pm and were welcomed by warm staff, stunning views and lots of rain!

After exploring the centre and getting kitted up, we ventured towards Ullswater Lake for our first exciting activity.  We were told it was called ‘jog and dip’ which we thought might include a short walk followed by dipping a biscuit in a cup of tea!  How wrong we were… the ‘dip’ was actually a spectacular dive into the lake! Every pupil was extremely brave and adventurous, most even going back for another go.

We have had a lovely tea and we are looking forward to our first, good night’s sleep after a night time walk around the area! (We might squeeze in a cup of cocoa first!)

Howtown 2012



  • Children need to arrive at school no later than 07:40
  • Everyone will need a packed lunch to eat on arrival at Howtown plus a drink and snack for the journey
  • The top Oaks playground will be free for people to park in from 07: 15- 8:10
  • The coach will arrive at 07:30 & we aim to leave by 08:00
  • Parents can load their child’s luggage on to the coach as soon as they arrive. It would be very helpful if you could use a sports type holdall so they pack easier in to the luggage compartment
  • All medicines with the exception of travel sickness tablets must be prescribed and clearly labelled with the child’s name, dose and frequency required.
  • Please hand in any medicine to either Mrs Hawksworth or Miss Maltby and sign a medication form which will be there ready as you hand the medicine over.
  • Return on Friday: We aim to return to school by 4:30pm and will be in contact by text message if there is any significant delay.




All specialised kit is provided for.

The children in general are going to get wet and dirty each day.

Therefore they will need plenty of spare dry clothes to change in to and at least one whole set of clothes to change into for the evening meal.

The suggested list in the booklet is as follows:

  • Two pairs of trainers, one of which can get wet and may be ruined!
  • They will also need a change of casual, comfortable footwear for indoors at the centre.
  • Sweatshirts/jumpers/fleece tops/walking socks.
  • T-shirts, Please ensure that all t-shirts have sleeves to protect shoulders from the sun.
  • synthetic trousers for walking NOT jeans
  • Underwear, pyjamas, shorts, sun hat /hat and gloves, towels, swimwear.
  • A favourite bedtime cuddly to hold when we go into the common room before bedtime to watch a DVD.
  • Drinking water bottle.

No spray deodorants please as they set off the fire alarms.

Other useful items: Note book/pen, drinking water bottle, sun protection cream, camera, insect repellent, and a book to read before bedtime.

No mobile phones or hand-held computer games /Ipods or valuable jewellery please.

A limit of £10 pocket money for tuck shop + souvenirs. The children will be responsible for looking after their own pocket money.

We will contact school as soon as we arrive, and will endeavour to put a log of each day’s events on the website, with pictures if possible.

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Howtown 2011 Day Two

Heavy rain overnight gave way to sunshine for breakfast and the morning presentation. The day's activities include gorge walking and climbing up waterfalls, tunneling through a series of tunnels, building a raft and orienteering around Howtown village.   Although the winds limited time on the lake, there were smiles all round. Packed lunches consisting of a packet of crisps, a choice of sandwiches, flapjacks or brownies and fruit refreshed us at lunchtime and even more enthusiasm was generated in the by now wet afternoon. One very popular choice tonight at tea was Pizza!



Today's Howtown Trivia Question: Our favourite band.........Wet Wet Wet !!!

Howtown 2011 Day One

We managed to leave school on time, sped up the motorway and soon made our stop at Charnock Richard. We then went through lots more torrential rain showers before ending up at sunny Howtown. Everybody was soon settled and after lunch the now traditional 'Jog & Dips' took place. A very welcome tea of either chicken curry, cottage pie, macaroni cheese or vegetarian rolls was soon consumed, followed by a mixture of indoor and outdoor evening activities. A final cup of cocoa and we were glad to get to bed.

To visit The Outward Bound Trust Howtown website please [click here].





Bockleton 2010

bockletoncourt The house was originally Bockleton Court and is now a Birmingham Education Department field study centre. It was built in 1865 for the Prescott family, merchant bankers originally from Roehampton, near London.

The former Bockleton Court, a Victorian country house, is now a listed building. Although the original furniture has long since been removed, many Victorian features remain even now. The site was purchased by the City of Birmingham in 1950 and initially used as a Camp School, introducing city children to the countryside. Its role has gradually evolved and changed over the past five decades.

The Centre is situated in approximately 10 hectares of mixed woodland and standing water in a very rural location, some 8km. from the nearest small market town, Tenbury Wells. Bockleton Parish consists of a few scattered houses and farms with a small church and village hall. It is important to note that there is no Post Office or village shop.

Google Map View

Day one

We arrived at Bockleton safely . The Children have settled in very quickly.

This afternoon we all enjoyed a walk around the estate and then repeated the same walk in the dark.

The stars were fabulous!!

The children are just finishing a treasure hunt around the house before having supper.

Looking forward to a good day packed with activity tomorrow.

Good night from Bockleton.

Day Two

The weather has been fine here today.

The children have enjoyed a day packed with activities.
The zip wire, shelter building, and rope challenges.

Mr Worth lost at orienteering and the price? a facial mud pack coutesy of the winning team!!

More activities tomoz and Ludlow Thursday.

Hope all those washing machines at home have a mud cycle,

Signing off
Good evening from Bockleton

Day 3

Unableto update as Mrs Hawkesworth is to tired to communicate, will update this when she has recovered :o)

Day 4

Our day out in Ludlow was fab. The rain kept off We had the castle to ourselves.

We have walked in the footsteps of Tudor royalty, explored St Lawrences's church, and the town centre.

Miss Tarver and Miss Maltby gave an Oscar winning performance, enthralling the children of tales of old.

Everyone is very tired but the talent competition sounds like it's coming on well.

Looking forward to a roast chicken dinner tonight and live entertainment.

Tomorrow we aim to depart at 13:15 eta school 15:30 but will contact school if there is any deviation from the plan.

Signing off now, see you all tomorrow

Bockleton Year 5 Visit 2008



Year 5 have gone on their travels to Bockleton study centre.

(Picture from the 2007 visit)




Day 1 at Bockleton

We arrived safely and settled in quickly.

Following a lunch of freshly cooked (and still warm) baguettes, we had a fun afternoon in the mud and the rain problem solving.

This evening has been spent played lots of games and the only tantrum was from Mr. Worth who was soundly defeated at crib, nine pin bowling, snooker, table tennis the list goes on!

Looking forward to tommorows' activities. Weather set to improve slightly.

Hopefully will have some pictures by tomorrow.......

Bockleton Day 2

Everyone has had a fantastic day!
It rained early morning just to make sure it was nice and muddy, then the
sun came out.

Lots and lots of team spirit and support for each other shown today.
The children have been rock climbing and abseiling which was brilliant.

They tackled the ropes and tunnels with gusto and the monsters from the
deep they found pond dipping were spectacular.

The birthday boys enjoyed blowing their candles out, and it's been cake
all round at tonights' supper.

All anticipating a good nights sleep ready for tommorows fun.

Signing off from Bockleton from all the children and staff.

Bockleton Day 3

Hi everyone, day 3 at Bockleton has been fab.
Mud glorious Mud all the way!! All you parents have got some lovelywashing to do when they all get back!!

Weather beautiful today all day which bodes well for our night walk tonight.
We have been rock climbing, abseiling, tunneling and on the rope assault course for those that didn't do it yesterday, plus orienteering. Once again loads of superb team work going on.
Lots got to the top of the climbing wall and braved the abseiling(it does look a very long way down from the top!)

It's a full moon tonight so our night walk won't be that dark, but it will be eerie. We've paid an owl to hoot just at the right moment.

We are taking lots of photos that we will share with you on our return.

Thank you for all your messages we are passing them on to the children.

Ludlow Castle and the farm tomorrow, should be another good day.

Goodnight from Bockleton.


Bockleton Day 4

The night walk was great, the moon shone bright and the children were ableto see their shows in the night.
I'm sacking the owls though, a bit of a no show from them!

Another wonderful day despite the weather.
Today we went to Ludlow Castle and the Church.

These children are all absolute troopers, no one complained at all aboutthe rain whilst we looked around the castle, I take my hat off to them!

They also visited Grove Farm which is a working farm near Ludlow centre.
They were able to groom the horses, get close to the pigs(too close someof them!) and picked cider apples from the orchard.

Yes they have had compulsory showers.

Talent Show tonight, looking forward to it.
Once again sorry about lack of photos but the computer here will notrecognise the cameras.

Goodnight all see you tomorrow.

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