Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Ufton Court Educational Trust Green Lane, Ufton, Nervet, Reading, Berkshire RG7 4HD

Contact: 0118 983 2099

Website: https://uftoncourt.co.uk/

Description

Ufton Court Educational Trust is a historical and outdoor education centre in the South East of England, based in and around the Tudor Manor House and extensive grounds of Ufton Court.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
We provide schools from across Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and beyond, with highly interactive day visits for all ages.

For history, children are immersed in the past and when outdoors they are experiencing the natural beauty of our wild environment. Whether exploring the Grade 1 Tudor Manor House and finding priest holes, flogging Boudicca in the Celtic Roundhouse or curing a cursed field as a Saxon, all our activities use the unique resources at our disposal to inspire and engage your group.

Through outdoor learning we offer Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities linked to both primary and secondary curriculums. We also deliver Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEALs) programmes aimed at developing personal qualities like self-esteem, empathy, friendship and tenacity. Groups also have the opportunity to use the site for forest skills (like Forest Schools) incorporating activities such as fire lighting and shelter building.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
All of our programmes, whether based around history, outdoor learning or a combination of both, are objective driven and can be tailored to your individual requirements.

The areas of history we cover include the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, the Iron Age, the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Tudors or World War II.
Our 40 acre site includes ancient woodland, a Viking long ship, Celtic settlement, medieval ponds and Tudor Manor House complete with secret priest holes.

Each historical programme follows its own story line – perhaps your children will become part of the Saxon Readingas settlers or a Tudor Petty Constable investigating strange goings on at the allegedly Catholic Manor. By creating a stronger sense of narrative and coherence between the activities, the children are better able to see how they are linked and can therefore build up a bigger picture of the past.

Our outdoor learning visits are based around five key objectives linked to confidence building, personal qualities, environmental awareness, key skills and broadened horizons. The site has a large open space, a meadow, streams and ponds, plantation woodland and ancient woodland for children to explore and enjoy.

We pride ourselves on linking our activities to schools’ needs and curriculum objectives so that the work we do is transferrable back to the classroom.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Current Accreditations:
• Sandford Award for Heritage Education
• LOtC Quality Badge
• AAIAC Adventure Mark
• AQA Unit Award Scheme approved centre

What does a typical educational visit include?
Each visit is personally designed by our qualified teachers to meet your specific objectives. The emphasis is on hands on, creative and interactive learning. We aim to offer sessions and deliver our education in a way that you may not be able to at school.

For our historical visits, from the moment the children step off of their coach, they are part of an historical narrative, are greeted by characters from the past and then guided through their day’s activities.

The areas of history we cover include the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, the Iron Age, the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Tudors or World War II.

Schools tend to arrive to us around 10.00am and will take part in up to four activities throughout the day. We have a range of activities available for organisers to select from. These include anything from artefacts, dancing and grounds explorations, to raids, crafts and archery. Most visits tend to conclude at around 2.00pm for you to get back to school on time.

There is the opportunity to make more of the day by coming on one of our Extended Day Visits. These can last any time that suits you between 9.00am and 5.00pm, depending on the transport available to you. You could also choose to have an historical feast instead of bringing a packed lunch.

Your base for the day will either be the Tithe Barn or our Archers’ Hall, giving you a space to leave belongings, to eat lunch, for some sessions to take place and for toilet facilities.

Day visits to Ufton Court could also include STEM activities available for all year groups, SEAL sessions looking at personal development or forest skills programmes where you can experience the awe and wonder of the beauty of our wild environments.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We have a minimum number of 20 children and have worked with groups up to 240.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We have an extensive selection of resources available on our website for visiting teachers, including general information, souvenir lists and Risk Assessments. All necessary information is sent to visiting adults once the booking is confirmed. Sample programmes are available on request.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Adults and children are very welcome to take photographs of their activities and of the buildings they are using. We ask that you respect the privacy of other users on site by avoiding taking photographs of other groups.

What is your process for booking pre-arranged risk assessments?
We highly recommend site visits for any new staff that may be coming and we are now showing around more and more children with special needs to put both their own and their parents’ minds at ease. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please think of 2 or 3 convenient days/times for you then contact Ufton Court so we can arrange to show you around.

We have a comprehensive range of Risk Assessments that visiting teachers can download directly from our website.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Ufton Court has a Head of Learning, a History Lead and an Education Team Administrator who are all involved in organising educational visits. For all initial education enquiries, please contact the Office Manager at admin@uftoncourt.co.uk or on 0118 983 2099. The Office Manager will then put you in contact with the correct person for your visit.

What is the cost of the visit?
Our Day Visit prices start from £10. Some of our activities have an additional cost, for example if children make a Viking torc there is a charge towards materials. If you want a low ropes session then there is an additional session charge as there is a strict ratio of instructors to participants.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Children are advised to wear comfortable footwear and bring clothes suitable for all weather, including raincoats. An additional pair of clean shoes would be required if any of the group’s activities take place in our Manor House. A kit list is available upon request and our visiting teacher information pack gives more details on what to bring.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All of our teaching team are first aid trained which includes paediatric and outdoor first aid. We do recommend that each group provides their own qualified first aider to cover the journeys to and from Ufton Court and for any times our staff are not with the group.

Please list facilities available.
Our day visit spaces, the Tithe Barn and Archers’ Hall, are heated, have access to toilets and access to free tea and coffee for visiting adults.

There is limited Wi-Fi available and mobile phone reception is inconsistent due to the location of the site. There are landline telephones available if required in an emergency.

Souvenirs are ordered in advance and added to the invoice meaning there is no need for children to bring their own money on site. We do not have a shop.

What are your disabled facilities?
Our teaching spaces are all wheelchair accessible and there is disabled access parking and toilets, including those with hoists. We have an all-terrain wheelchair available if required.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open for day visits Monday-Friday throughout term time, throughout the entire academic year. Most day visits arrive for 10.00am and depart at 2.00pm but we can offer extended day visits for those who wish to stay longer. These range from 9am-5pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“It was our first visit and I’m sure we’ll be back in the future. The children kept saying it was like a great adventure. ‘The best school trip ever!’ – Willow Bank Infants, Castles and Environment Day Visit, March 2017

“Excellent educational visit. Fully met our history objectives. Beautiful surroundings, excellent staff, would 100% recommend and visit again. Thank you!” - Lethbridge Primary, Saxon Day Visit, May 2017

“An amazing day! So interactive and the children loved it. They were so engaged in every part of the day.” - Sonning CofE, Vikings Day Visit, March 2017

“We had a lovely day. Children have had a fantastic time. Well organised. They were excited from the start when the Ufton Court staff met us in role.” – Owlsmoor Primary, Saxon Day visit, July 2017

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We are an educational charity delivering objective focussed sessions with both qualified teachers and qualified outdoor leaders on an historically significant site surrounded by beautiful English countryside. What more could you ask for!


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years

Type of Visit: Crafts Farms Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Performing Arts Workshops Residential School Trips SEN Storytelling Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Drama Environmental Studies History STEM

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