Region: West Midlands Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Shropshire DY14 8JG

Contact: 01299 271217

Website: http://www.acuk.net

Description

Pioneer Residential Activity Centre in Shropshire is based on a 25 acre grassland site, which is surrounded by trees with small areas of woodland at one end, space for basketball, football, volleyball and 19 full-on adrenaline adventure activities, such as climbing and abseiling, indoor caving and high ropes courses. The centre also has a wide selection of activities tailored to guests with disabilities.

Why are you a great place for educational visits?

There is a huge link between enjoyment and achievement and each instructor at Pioneer Centre is dedicated to creating goals unique to each individual.

Private activity sessions where only your class or school work together encourages self-esteem and promotes community within your school.

At Pioneer Centre adventurous experiences out-of-doors kindle enthusiasm in young people, develop their concern for others, their community and the environment. Their experiences at the centre provide the means for self discovery, self expression and enjoyment.

Do you have a video link on YouTube or anywhere else?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHeZyieS0V8

https://vimeo.com/38639700

Are you on twitter or facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/PioneerCentre

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Pioneer Centre is accredited to a number of organizations:

AALA, LOTC, IOL, CCI, ADVENTURE MARK and BMC.

What does a typical educational visit include?

If there are various options, for instance for different key stages, or for different curriculum topics, then please write as many as you want to include. If you tailor each visit specifically to the needs of the group then please also mention this.

Pioneer Centre provides a range of school adventure and activity residential packages.

We tailor all of our programmes towards the needs of the group, building in elements of the curriculum whenever possible.

Whatever your aims, we can tailor our approach and review sessions to better help you achieve your school’s learning objectives.

Ask for our guide to ‘Planning Your Learning Experience’. It lists activities available and guides you to the activities that best meet your aims. Here are some of the themes you may wish to consider: Teamwork, Leadership, Physical Challenge, Personal Development, Self Awareness and Initiative.

What group sizes do you cater for?

The Centre caters for groups of varying sizes from small groups of 12 to large groups of 310. Each instructed activity is designed for 12 group members.

Do you provide teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Pioneer Centre provides a range of school adventure and activity residential packages. We tailor all of our programmes towards the needs of the group, building in elements of the curriculum whenever possible.

All our staff undergo training on how to use the activities we offer to meet specific learning needs. Prior to your arrival, we’ll discuss your learning objectives and plan the best way to achieve these through your activity programme. After each activity the instructors will lead a debrief, encouraging pupils to reflect on what they have learnt and what successes they have achieved as individuals and together as a team.

Sample Activity Programmes are available by request in our Schools Enquiry Packs.

For more information or to arrange a pre-trip site visit, please contact us on 01299 271 217.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Visitors are allowed to take photos and video footage but this needs to be in line with our own company policy when other groups are on site.

What is your process for booking pre-arranged risk assessments?

Please feel free to get in contact to arrange a pre-trip site visit 01299 271 217.

We also provide risk assessments on request.

Does your venue have an education officer?

We do not have an education officer on site, see contact details above and contact booking office for further details.

What is the cost: of the visit?

For instance for each child or adult or group. Are there any group discounts? Does a supervising adult go free, for instance with every 10 children? If you have various costs then please give a few examples to give our users an idea of the cost involved.

Our seasonal prices for full board accommodation start from £48.34 (+VAT) per person for 2 nights and all inclusive schools activity programmes start from £69.00 (+VAT) per person. Free places are available - schools and colleges receive one free place for every ten paying places.

Day rates start as low as £19.50 (+VAT) per person.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Within the Schools Enquiry Pack, Pioneer Centre provide a kit list to help you bring the most appropriate clothing for activities.

Do you have first aid on site?

All of our instructional staff are first aid qualified as well as the majority of the rest of the Centre team. We ask that schools bring someone with them who is First aid qualified aswell whenever possible.

Please list facilities available:

Such as; shop, canteen, dining areas, how much pocket money do children need to bring for the shop and canteen. Are there facilities to eat a packed lunch?

• 3 large meeting venues seating 300, 200 and 100 theatre style
• Free WiFi internet access throughout most of the centre
• Portable speech PA system available plus flip charts, TV’s, DVD players and video projector
• An on site shop selling memorabilia, and confectioneries
• A pool table
• A sports hall ( requires pre booking)
• A large open field with five-aside football and a basketball pitch

What are your disabled facilities?

Please say if the venue isn’t suitable for disabled children.

We have multiple activities around our fully accessible site, including our purpose build Wheelchair abseil tower, adapted climbing and Archery. Our staff are trained to learn the needs of our clients and adapt the session appropriately. Please contact us with any enquiries and we will do our up most to accommodate everyone.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round and programmes and timing are negotable with our bookings team. Usually day groups arrive around 9.30/10 am and leave around 3.30/4 ( but these depend on the needs of the group)

Do you have any testimonials from previous educational groups?

http://www.acuk.net/pioneer-centre/quotes 

“As a geography teacher for over 30 years the Pioneer Centre stands out as one of the very best centres I have visited. Accommodation and food as well as the activity facilities are of the highest standard and the staff members are superb.” St Peter’s Collegiate School

Is there anything else that you feel is important?

At Pioneer Centre we are passionate about providing pupils with opportunities to shine and then, with all they have learned about themselves and their peers, step boldly into everything the future has to offer.

We believe that young people can learn to ‘overcome’ and as their confidence grows, so they will develop resources within that can be called upon back in the classroom and in times of challenge. Through our instructed adventure activities, your pupils will push through their perceived personal limits and develop empathy for those different to themselves, so learning the value of team.


Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Climbing Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Sports Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Citizenship PE PSHE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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