Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Witley Centre Haslemere Road, Witley Godalming, Surrey GU8 5QA

Contact: 01428 681 054 - AL 01306878554 Catherine

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/witley-and-milford-commons/learning/

Description

Our outdoor programmes can be tailored to suit Educational groups from the Foundation Stage through to Further Education,  as well as Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Guides and other community groups. Examples of activities include:

•    Pond dipping

•    Mini Beast hunting

•    Den building

•    Mapping and coordinates

•    Geocaching

•    Nature trails Back pack trails

•    Photography trails

•    Plant and tree identification

•    Habitat studies

•    Conservation awareness

•    Creative writing

•    Geological/human/impact studies

•    Historical investigations

•    Finding your way in the dark (and toasting marsh mallows on the fire!)

 

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The National Trust Witley Centre, with its dedicated classroom, is a great base from which to explore the wonderful heath and woodland of Witley and Milford Commons. We offer a wide range of outdoor opportunities, from curriculum based trips to scouting and guiding activities, all tailored to the needs of your group. Or why not meet us at one of our other great outdoor sites, such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl or Frensham Little Pond?


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Each visit is tailored to your specific requirements. We believe in the value of young people getting outdoors and closer to nature, so our events will tend to focus less on talks and explanations than on the serious of business of enjoying independent learning in the great outdoors!


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What size groups do they cater for?

Usually, up to 45 pupils per visit. Larger groups can be accommodated with sufficient notice and planning.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide pre-visit information for teachers according to the needs of the group. Most of our activities are deliberately light on class and paper based work. We occasionally work with schools on a long term project or a classroom based visit, in which case materials are planned collaboratively in advance.

 

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, so long as this is in compliance with their own school’s policy. We only take photographs if we have parental permission.  


How do you arrange a risk assessment?


Teachers can contact our Community and Learning Officer, Al Taylor, at al.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk to arrange a free site visit.

 

What are the contact details for their education officer?


Al Taylor

Community Learning Officer - Southwest Surrey Hills

The Devil's Punch Bowl, Hindhead, Frensham, Witley & Milford Commons.
 
National Trust, Witley Centre, Haslemere Road, Witley, Surrey.

GU8 5QA

Tel: 01428 681050

DDI: 01428 681054

al.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk


What does it cost?


National Trust Educational Group Members are entitled to a discount of £1 per child (full day) and 50p per child (part day).


Supervising adults go free.


Duration:


To suit, but typically:

4+ Hours (full day)

1-3 Hours (part day).


Price:

Part day – £3.50 per student

Full day – £5.00 per student


Supervision:

Please ensure an adult to child ratio of 1:8 (or 1:4 around water) for pupils
aged 6 years and over, and 1:4 (or 1:2 around water) for those aged 5 and under.


Is specific clothing required?


Bring a waterproof coat. Wear sturdy shoes (or wellies if wet weather is likely). Long trousers and sleeves are advised for woodland based activities.


Do you have first aid on site?

Each group is asked to bring a qualified First Aider and kit. Pupils remain the responsibility of school/group staff at all times.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?


Classroom

Whiteboard/projector

Large sinks for hand washing

Toilets

Picnic benches

Fire circle

Dipping ponds

Den building area

(No shop or canteen)


Are there disabled facilities?


Disabled access toilet on site. The site is part of a natural and wild environment – access to some areas of the site may need evaluation by school staff prior to booking. Every effort is made to accommodate visitors with disabilities – please contact us to discuss your requirements.


What are your opening days and hours?

Flexible, by prior arrangement.


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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Duke of Edinburgh Award Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits SEN Storytelling Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Religious Education Science

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


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