Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1HR

Contact: 01730 823166

Website: http://www.sustainability-centre.org/

Description

Located in the South Downs National Park the Sustainability Centre is set in 55 acres of woodlands and grassland above the village of East Meon. We are an Eco Centre and an Education Centre and have been welcoming schools to the site for over 10 years. Some areas of the site are dedicated to conservation whilst others are part of the working centre which includes a restaurant, classrooms, greenwood working business and camping and lodge accommodation. The Centre offers a variety of educational activities that promote sustainable living and green issues in an inspiring yet tranquil setting. We work closely with schools to ensure we provide a trip of value for a wide variety of groups size, ages and length of stay.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
There are two videos available to view on our website at this link:

http://www.sustainability-centre.org/activity-options.html

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
Our facebook page link is http://www.facebook.com/sustainabilitycentre

Our youtube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEA0VnudtEg

Our Twitter is http://twitter.com/SusCentre

Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
We offer a hands on trip that enhances your eco topic and brings the subject alive. If you are looking for a visit to enliven a classroom project we can help to arrange a thought provoking trip that will provide lasting memories for the children. Learners can explore a round wood build, see a straw bale building, build a solar powered lego car, become attuned to the Forest and learn bush craft skills or visit our local farm. There are lots of options within the teachers pack on our website including our Saxons in the Meon Valley history topic. On an overnight trip or a week long residential pupils will have a chance to gain a broader understanding of sustainable living by staying and enjoying activities on our site or take advantage of our South Downs Experience package focus on this area of the South Downs National Park.

We work with ages: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We have 17 years of experience providing engaging and inspiring activities to schools with fabulous hands – on, eco focused activities and learning. We are in an outstandingly beautiful location within the South Downs National Park and on a residential stay there are opportunities for camping and staying in our eco - lodge. Curriculum - linked activities all support learning about sustainable living and green issues. This is a trip of value for a wide variety of group size, age and length of stay. This is a really great place for children and young people of all ages to learn about sustainable living and get involved for a day or for a week.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We have LOtC Route 2 Quality Badge for our Educational Residential and Day service.

What does a typical educational visit include?
On a typical day visit learners will undertake a variety of activities and all will be led by our staff and will have an eco - focus. Classrooms will be available for teaching in poor weather. Pupils will have an outdoor hands –on experience and a safe, dry space to eat their lunch. Typically a day visit will last from 10 am – 2.30pm.

Examples of Topic options include:
• Food and Farming study on a trailer tractor ride over the Downs,
• Alternative technologies and Sustainable buildings, Waste and Recycling and Water Conservation,
• Habitat studies and Eco Exploration, Saxons in the Meon Valley and Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills.

Secondary schools also have the option of a River Studies Day.

We tailor our visits and send you an itinerary before the visit.
Residential schools and groups can browse our website to discover what the venue looks like, what projects we have in progress, and what activities we can offer on a longer stay.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can cater for up to 60 pupils per day and we will often split the class into groups for activities during the day. The itinerary will provide teachers with information about the groups and the timings for the activities.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
When you book with the Education Officer you will be able to discuss your topics, talk about a programme from the activities offered to suit your learners and make a free pre visit to the site to find out what is offered and familiarise yourself with the site.

You will be provided with risk assessments from the Centre on request and some pre-visit information sheets.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Information about the activities and curriculum links can be found on our website within the teachers packs at this link:  http://www.sustainability-centre.org/activity-options.html

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
You are welcome to use photos, video and audio equipment to record your trip.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Teachers will be provided with relevant written risk assessments on request which are designed to help with the schools own risk assessment for the trip. A pre-visit to the Centre is highly recommended for day visits as it also helps teachers to appreciate the nature of the site and its suitability for their learners.

Does your venue have an education officer?
The Education Co-ordinator: is Education Manager Janet Hammerton
Email: janet@sustainability-centre.org
Website: http://www.sustainability-centre.org/
Tel: 01730 823166
We recommend that teachers make an enquiry using the online Contact form at this link:
http://www.sustainability-centre.org/enquire-about-a-school-visit.html

What is the cost of the visit?
• A standard guided day visit from 10 am – 2.30pm costs £8.40 per pupil
• Accompanying adults are free for day visits.
• Residential prices will be produced on request tailored to your group.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
The Centre is up on top of the South Downs and we advise flexible clothing for wet and dry, hot and cold as the weather is changeable and can be bleak. An advice sheet is included with your booking.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There is good First Aid cover on site and all the Education leaders are First Aid Qualified. For residential visits we expect that qualified First Aid staff come with the school for non- guided periods.

Please list facilities available.
The Centre provides classroom facilities for eating packed lunches and there is a small shop where recycled pencils, small gifts and postcards can be purchased. A visit to the shop needs to be booked in advance.

What are your disabled facilities?
The Centre has facilities for disabled visitors but it is recommended that leaders discuss their needs with the Education Co-ordinator and Accommodation Staff at the pre-visit stage

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. All visits and pre-visits need to be booked in advance with our staff. Months Open: February to December. Closed in January.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Gave the Children an invaluable insight into Saxon Life Covington Park primary School

We were able to carry out several ecological surveying techniques and to gain valuable insights into farming South Downs College

Excellent introduction into the topic caring for your environment Churchers College

Great for pupils to get hands on experience of building techniques and also see and explore different energy sources. Great as ever thank you Springfield secondary School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
The Centre carries a special message for all guests, which is to learn something about earth care during the visit. This may be anything from looking after the campsite where your tent is pitched to visiting the compost toilet or recycling your lunch box waste back at school. This is a working site and this is one of the special features that visitors appreciate.


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

Type of Visit: Crafts Environment Centres Green Awareness Outdoor Education Residential School Trips Science & Technology Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Design and Technology English Environmental Studies Geography History Science

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