Hindleap Warren Outdoor Residential Centre Sussex
Region: South East EnglandDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Wych Cross, Forest Row, , East Sussex RH18 5JH
Contact: 01342 822625
Hindleap Warren is set in 300 acres of ancient woodland in East Sussex, and provides residential and day course opportunities to primary and secondary schools. We work with a wide range of young people and are able to provide accommodation for those with additional needs.
We offer outdoor adventurous activities including; high ropes, team building and obstacle courses, archery, bushcraft and forest adventures. In the local area we also run rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking and underground mine exploration. Through a combination of these activities, the high quality delivery of our instructional staff, we believe young people can be stimulated and stretched to cope better with challenges.
Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Hindleap Warren is a purpose built outdoor education centre. The accommodation is arranged to give schools separate living spaces and the building has four lecture rooms for evening activities or self-facilitated workshops.
In addition to the activities, simply being away from home at a residential centre has inherent benefits. A recent 7 year study by the Learning Away initiative has discovered that 84% of all students will behave better in schools due to attending a residential. This study has also shown that 53% of all students have improved school attainment after a residential.
Through our own outcomes evaluation model – The Journey of Change – we have discovered that children and young people gain confidence, increase resilience and determination and build positive relationships during a residential at Hindleap.
Over the past six months Hindleap has been making links between the Primary School curriculum and the activities we offer to schools. We now understand that for both Key Stage 1 and 2 our activity programmes can support the learning delivered by teachers in the classroom, especially in English, Mathematics and Science.
The booking process is dealt with on site at our centre. We can provide a pre-residential presentation at your school for parents and children. Teachers are welcome to visit the centre for a tour and we always do our best to accommodate any special requirements the school or children may have.
What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
Our School Programme Manager will have a conversation with the school before the trip to discuss what outcomes the teachers hope to achieve. We will then build a programme that best suits the needs of the group.
A residential visit to Hindleap can be from one night and two days, to a four night, five day trip. We are open all year round and offer fully catered facilities.
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This venue has the following accreditation:
Our aim is to provide safe, enjoyable adventurous activities. To this end we are regularly inspected by recognised outside bodies.
We currently hold an Adventurous Activities Licence, from the Governments Adventurous Activities Licencing Service, the Adventuremark from the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee, The Gold Standard badge from The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and are an Approved Centre for The British Canoe Union, Sports Leaders and The Royal Lifesaving Society.
What size groups do they cater for?
Our minimum group booking size is 8 young people plus staff. We have a maximum bed capacity of 179 (including staff).
What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
Free teacher places on a 1:10 ratio.
Free presentation delivered by Hindleap’s Development Manager to parents and children at your school.
Dedicated programme staff to provide a personalised service.
Pre visit information packs for teachers.
We have a large range of accessible equipment including a profile bed, hoists, bed sides, all terrain buggies and wheelchairs. Please get in contact for further information.
Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?
Yes, in accordance to the school and centre’s child protection and safety and safeguarding policy. There are no copyright restrictions.
How do you arrange a risk assessment?
We can provide a risk assessment summary and our AALA license to schools. We are able to provide the risk assessments for the individual activities but it should be noted these risk assessments are written for the delivery of sessions by our staff in tandem with the centre’s operation procedures. Our advice is for school’s to make a pre-residential visit and carry out any risk assessments of the trip themselves.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
Our School Programme Manager Andy Baker can be contacted on 01342 822625. If Andy is not available please ask for Laura Burton or Eleanor Beeton.
What does it cost?
- The 2015-16 academic year is very nearly fully booked. Please contact us to find out our remaining available
- In the 2016-17 academic year a three day, two night residential costs between £150 (January) and £190 (July) per person. A five day, four night residential costs between £210 and £330 per person.
- A day course costs between £20 - £33 per person, staff places are free of charge.
Is specific clothing required?
Hindleap provides all of the technical equipment for the residential. We recommend that all visitors pack appropriately for the time of year and a waterproof jacket and wellington boots are always required. We provide a suggested clothing list upon booking.
Do you have first aid on site?
We provide a Duty Instructor and Duty Manager cover system for all groups. The Duty Instructor will always be a qualified first aider and all instructional staff hold a relevant first aid qualification.
What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?
- Fully catered residential facilities
- Full programme of activities and the option of evening activities
- Lecture rooms with an interactive whiteboard, pool table and table tennis
- Tuck shop staffed in the evening
Are there disabled facilities?
We are an inclusive centre and cater for all types of disability. If a young person with additional needs intends to visit, please call the centre to discuss further arrangements.
What are your opening days and hours?
The Hindleap office is open from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Sunday. Hindleap Warren is open for residential and day courses seven days a week with activities usually starting at 8:45am and finishing at 5:00pm.
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?
"Hindleap is about making a difference. There are not many guarantees in life but I always guarantee to my parents that their children will return as changed individuals. Hindleap has always featured heavily during my career - the whole experience is one to be savoured and repeated regularly. It does make a difference to young people’s lives.”
Leigh Thompson – Headteacher, Little Ealing
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Hindleap Warren is part of the charity London Youth. Our mission is to help young people be the best they can be.
Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Outdoor Residential Centres