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School Trip & Group Educational Information


Introduction for school trips and educational visits


Founded in 1989 by the late Mr David Clarke, the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation is a registered charity situated on the edge of Charnwood Forest. Since then this unique, local charity has provided support, care and friendship to well in excess of 100,000 residents of Leicestershire. Recipients of its care include the elderly and adults of all ages with illness and/or disabilities.


The Foundation has now expanded its activities for the benefit of young people through the development of its Yew Trail outdoor classroom facility.


Situated in Ulverscroft near Markfield and less than 10 miles from the centre of Leicester, Yew Trail offers a secluded, safe area of private woodland, where children of all ages and abilities can explore, enjoy and experience the natural world through practical involvement.


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


The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Yew Trail and the surrounding grounds provide the opportunity to study cross curriculum activities, the Environment, Science, Water Projects, Geography, Literacy and Art. To observe and investigate a wide variety of flora, fauna, animals and birds and the chance to enjoy orienteering, shelter building and pond dipping. These excellent facilities are also ideal for young people with special educational needs, special schools, youth groups and organisations.


Yew Trail is not open to the general public and the site is safe and secluded. Each visiting group is met by a member of the Foundation’s staff who is then available to the group throughout the day. The Foundation actively encourages all group leaders to arrange a pre-trip visit to yew Trail and offers all schools the opportunity to become involved in its ‘FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION’ scheme.


A member of the Foundation’s team will visit the School either for an assembly or to an individual class and talk, to and with the pupils in an enjoyable and exciting way, about the meaning of ‘Charity’, the type of work that the charity undertakes, the importance of respect for the elderly, people with disabilities and the environment and also the Yew Trail outdoor classroom.


This unique site has been fully risk assessed in conjunction with Leicestershire County Council’s Beacon Hill Country Park Rangers who have also completed an environmental impact study for the area.

There is on site parking for coaches and minibuses plus toilet facilities suitable for young people with disabilities. 


Facilities Include:


• Yurt Classroom 

• Shelter Building Area  

• Pond Dipping

• Woods

• Parachute Meeting Area 

• Bird Hide

• Interpretation Board

• Colour coded woodland paths

• Camping Area

• All ability pathways

• Coach Parking 

• Tree Trail


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?


A visit to the Yew Trail creates learning experiences for all and allows the group leader to structure their day according to the needs of their group. A member of the Foundation’s staff will be available to guide the group to and from the different locations on site and offer any assistance as required.


Yew Trail is aimed at young people of all ages and abilities and our aim is to provide each visiting group with a venue that will provide endless inspiration for classroom projects and unlimited possibilities for activities based upon all areas of the curriculum.


Art & Design 


• Exploring and developing ideas: First hand observation, experience & imagination.

• Investigation: Investigate a range of materials, use natural objects and the environment.

• Knowledge & Understanding: Pattern & texture.

• Observation of trees, leaves, plants, water.

• Bark rubbing.

• Collection of fallen leaves for collage, pressing.




• Developing confidence & making the most of abilities.

• Playing an active role as citizens: Rules and laws in different situations. What improves and harms the natural environment.

• Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.

• Developing good relationships: Respecting differences, disability.

• Arrange for a representative from the Foundation to visit the school/group before or after the trip to talk about the work of the charity and voluntary work in general.


Design & Technology 


• Planning & communicating ideas.

• Working with materials & components.

• Evaluating processes.

• Shelter building.

• Pre plan prior to visit.

• Look at types of shelter, use of natural materials etc.




• Drama: Create plays based within the woodland.

• Speaking, Listening, Writing: Use the inspiration of the setting and activities to promote group discussion / interaction. 

• Pre visit: Talk and write about their expectations.

• Post visit: Discuss the visit, write about their experiences, poetry etc.

• Use the Yurt Classroom for story telling and imaginative writing.




• Geographical enquiry & skills: Locate and find out more about the area of Ulverscroft. Following a route on a map.

• Knowledge & understanding of places: Landscape, Jobs, Weather, where places are.

• Knowledge & understanding of patterns & processes: Understanding of environmental change, sustainable development. Fieldwork investigation outside the classroom. 

• Pre work: Look on the internet, satellite images of the locality.

• Ask geological questions: What is this landscape like?

• Follow the Tree Trail.

• Orienteering.

• Research the Yurt.

• Discover its origins, nomadic people, how they live in far away places.




• Historical enquiry: Ulverscroft, investigate the history of the area.



• Listening & applying knowledge and understanding:Sounds in the environment. Bird song, running water.

• Bring a tape recorder. Record the sounds of the wood. Study them after the visit.




• Outdoor & adventurous activities: Following trails in unfamiliar environments. Orienteering – problem solving. Working with one another to meet challenges.

• Use the Tree Trail and shelter building area.




• Scientific Enquiry: Obtaining and presenting evidence. Explore using the senses – record observations. Identify simple patterns: leaves, bark, animal tracks.

• Life processes & living things: Differences between living things and things that have never been alive eg. plants/rocks. Relate life processes to animals/plants from the local environment. Study humans and other animals.


• Green Plants.

• Variation & classification.

• Living things in their environment.

• Materials & their properties: Grouping materials, changing materials.

• Physical properties: Forces and motion: wind and trees, birds in flight.

• Light and sound: shadows through the canopy.

• Living things in their environment: Ways in which living things need protection. Food chain. Micro-organisms.

• Health & Safety: Plants, area, activities.

• Pre plan and follow up post visit with the study of results.

• Pond dipping

• Mini beast hunt

• Bark rubbing

• Bird watching

• Trails and pathways

• Badger sets


• Badger protection / laws




•Preparing to play an active role as a citizen: Study the Yew trail code and the Countryside Code.

• Realising that living things have needs.

• Role of Community Organisations.

• Charity – money from different sources can be used for different purposes.

• Different kinds of responsibilities, home / community.

• Looking after animals properly.

• Sustainability of the environment.

• Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle: Keeping safe on out of school visits.

• Looking at risk assessments.

• Developing good relationships: Respecting differences between people. The elderly and those with disabilities.  

• Arrange for a representative from the Foundation to visit the school/group before or after the trip to talk about the work of the charity and voluntary work in general.


Yew Trail offers a world of discovery and the opportunity to inspire the young people of today.


What size groups do they cater for?


10 to 80 (we are happy to discuss any group size with the organizer).


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


Prior to the visit we supply a complete Yew Trail handbook including risk assessment and environmental impact study and additional visit notes with background information detailing the flora and fauna on site and other items of interest.


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


Yes. There are no copyright restrictions.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?


All group leaders are actively encouraged to visit the Yew Trail prior to their trip. The Foundation also supplies a risk assessment as part of the Yew Trail Handbook.


What are the contact details for their education officer?


Please contact us on the number above for further information and bookings. The Foundation provides a trained member of staff as an escort for the visiting group.


Please quote ref: (YTUKST10) when booking or enquiring above.


What does it cost?


Per Person - £3.00

1 Adult free with every 10 paying children.


Is specific clothing required?


Groups are advised to bring suitable clothing for a day out in the woods including wellington boots and coat.


Do you have first aid on site?


It is the group’s responsibility to provide a suitably qualified first aider.


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




Lunch must be eaten on the main lawn. The Foundation will provide free bag storage and undercover lunch areas on the main lawn. Subject to weather conditions lunch may be eaten outdoors. We request that all visiting groups are respectful of the elderly and disabled visitors who visit the main house on a daily basis and ensure that they behave in an appropriate manner. All visiting group staff will be responsible for tidying up any mess from lunch and groups and must either use the bins provided or take their rubbish away with them.


Please note – there are no refrigerated storage facilities on site.


Plants & Animals


Please ensure that all children are aware of the importance of protecting the animals and plants that live on site. They should respect the habitats they explore, keep to the marked paths and any creatures they discover must be handled very carefully (if at all) and returned to the place where they were found. Children should not pick the flowers or throw pieces of wood, stones etc as this may cause damage to habitats and other members of the group.




Toilets (suitable for visitors with disabilities) are available on site as marked on the map. We advise that children are accompanied to the toilets by a member of staff.




Coaches are able to park on the main drive as shown on the map and visiting groups will be assisted with the transfer of bags to the undercover lunch area by a member of the Foundation’s staff.


During the visit (time by arrangement with the group leader) the children will have the opportunity to purchase various recycled gifts from our Yew Trail stall. These include pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers.


All items are priced at 60p each.


Are there disabled facilities?


There is full wheelchair access to the pond dipping area, toilets and paths up to the bird hide. The colour coded Yew Trails are not suitable for wheel chairs, mobility aids and are uneven in parts and are therefore not suitable for children with mobility and sight disabilities.



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