Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Kindrogan Field Studies Centre, Enochdhu Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH10 7PG

Contact: 01250 870150

Website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland.aspx

Description

Discover amazing Highland scenery, brilliant wildlife and quality teaching at FSC Kindrogan.  Kindrogan offers residential and day field trips for all ages, linked to Curriculum for Excellence or all the England and Wales exam boards.  All our courses are tailored to your requirements and our experienced staff will work with you to develop a course to suit you and your students.

Courses can be fully educational to meet particular subject requirements or entirely cross curricular, enjoying activities like high and low ropes and team building.

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

FSC Kindrogan is a fantastic field centre located at the gateway to the Highlands, easily reached from Edinburgh and Glasgow but with access to some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife in the country.  The centre is situated in a beautiful woodland area on the banks of the River Ardle.

Courses are all created by our experienced field teachers and link explicitly to the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence including the four capacities.  Teachers can relax safe in the knowledge that our highly trained staff will lead their pupils throughout their visit and ensure activities are fun and engaging while also developing their knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes.

FSC is an organisation with over 70 years experience.  It operates a network of centres across the UK, including a second in Scotland; FSC Millport.

Our courses incorporate interdisciplinary learning throughout to help with raising the attainment of young people in Scotland. We explore literacy and numeracy in many practical ways in the outdoors from estimating the height of a tree or using statistics to analyse field data, to writing poetry inspired by the landscape. We can also offer dedicated courses just on literacy and numeracy.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

All our courses can be tailored to best suit your group and everything is designed to meet current Curriculum for Excellence requirements.  The summaries below are a selection of the types of activities, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

For primary groups we have a wide range of activities to help with teambuilding, developing confidence, learning about the environment and the chance to link to John Muir.  Climb Kindrogan Mountain, discover the life in a mountain stream, conquer the on-site ropes courses or find out more about the nocturnal inhabitants of the centre grounds.

At S1-S3 students can explore the exciting new environment of Kindrogan with orienteering, team challenges, ropes activities or bushcraft.  There are also clear links in our sessions to Curriculum for Excellence and work back in the classroom including through social studies, sciences and health and wellbeing.  

Our geography and science courses at National 4 and 5 meet the latest curriculum requirements and enable students to collect and process primary data for their added value assignment with a brilliant hands-on approach.

At Higher and Advanced Higher our courses are developed to meet SQA requirements and offer an excellent standard of teaching for science and geography students, using the fantastic habitats close to the centre.

FSC Kindrogan also offers courses for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC at all levels and can tailor courses for schools from England and Wales to ensure they are relevant and linked to their work back at school.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?

FSC Scotland Geography Trips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_DLLlIwedw

FSC Scotland Biology Trips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT9VnynwVMY

FSC Scotland Primary Trips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJq3aFGoMe8 

Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

https://twitter.com/FSCScotland

https://www.facebook.com/fsc.kindrogan?fref=ts

This venue has the following accreditation:

LOtC Quality Badge

AALA

Primary Geography Mark

Eco Centres 

What size groups do they cater for?

The centre can accommodate up to 115.  Minimum group size 12.  If you have fewer students please contact us as we may be able to arrange trips with other schools.

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

Our field teachers work with you before and after your visit as required.

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

Yes, no restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

All our sites are risk assessed and these can be found on our website or by contacting the centre.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact the centre on 01475 530581 or enquiries.sco@field-studies-council.org for any queries.

What does it cost?

All costs vary depending on the time of year and details of the visit.  Prices start from £95 for a three day course at primary level.  One free member of staff place is offered per 12 students.

Is specific clothing required?

Most of the time on our courses is spent outdoors so appropriate warm and comfortable clothing and footwear is best.  Waterproofs and wellies are available to hire from the centre.

Do you have first aid on site?

FSC has trained first aiders.

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

Kindrogan has two accommodation blocks the main house and the Steading Wing. We have four single bedrooms, nine twin rooms and nineteen dormitory rooms that range from small, medium and large. Thirteen are en-suites and twelve rooms are on the ground floor with easy access.  All bedrooms have hanging and storage space, a desk and a bed side table.  We pride ourselves on comfortable, clean and cosy rooms.

In the main house downstairs we have a lounge area, which is perfect for relaxing and reading as located next door is the library, full of educational books. Upstairs in the main house we have the adult bar lounge, with comfortable sofas, a fire, a CD player/docking station and a TV. You will also find a large student common room with a TV.

The games room located in the Steading Wing has entertainment for all with a range of board games, table football and a pool table. Kitchen facilities are spread across the buildings so you can always make tea and coffee.

We have six classrooms and one conference room.  All have interactive whiteboards and WiFi access. Multi-media projection facilities are also available and we have laptops and Ipads available as well.

Our residential courses include breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal as well as homemade afternoon cakes.  Hot/cold drink making facilities are available throughout the day.  At Kindrogan, all of our food is prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients with the emphasis in providing healthy and hearty meals for all of our guests. We have a variety of hot wholesome meals including a vegetarian option.  If you have any special food requirements please let a member of staff know before you arrive at Kindrogan Centre. Don’t forget to bring a lunch box and a flask for any day trips out.

Are there disabled facilities?

There are a selection of dormitory and bedrooms which are suitable for disabled visitors.

What are your opening days and hours?

The centre is open all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“Thank you for a wonderful experience for our pupils. Excellent teaching and facilities.”  Edinburgh Academy

“It far exceeded my expectations with the accommodation, food and great location.  The range of activities was also great, the staff helping in the classes at night too.”  Pitmedden Primary School

“Very good experience for our P7’s.  Certainly feel they have had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, build relationships with one another and have fun with it.”  Ancrum Road Primary School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Please visit the website for full details http://www.field-studies-council.org/scotland


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

Type of Visit: Boat Trips Bushcraft Cycling Climbing Crafts Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips Safety Awareness Science & Technology Sea life SEN Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Geography History PE Science

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres


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