The Old School House, Robin Hoods Bay Yorkshire

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

The Old School House is a residential centre for schools and other groups. We are located in the coastal village of Robin Hoods Bay in the North York Moors National Park.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Hostels | Bunkhouses | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Robin Hoods Bay is 6 miles south of Whitby and is the finishing point for the Coast to Coast walk.

We offer exclusive use, full board accommodation for groups of up to 42 in 9 bedrooms.

There are a wide range of activities available locally from rock-pooling with the National Trust wardens, fossil hunting with the North East Yorks Geology Trust both based in the village to canoeing on the River Esk with local instructors. We can help you to arrange and book all these and many more.

We can give advice about the local area and help to arrange activities for all age groups.

The Old School House is in a unique setting and can offer unrivalled access to beach, village and moorland activities for stages of education.

What makes us a great choice?

The Old School House is in a fantastic location for school visits. The centre is in the old village primary school now converted into residential accommodation for schools.

The village of Robin Hoods Bay dates back to and beyond Viking times with a history of fishing and smuggling. The narrow cobbled pedestrian streets, lined by listed buildings dating from the 17th and 18th century, are a far cry from the urban areas most of our schools come from. We are just 2 minutes walk from the village centre and the beach.

Activities available in the village or locally for primary schools include, rock pooling, fossil hunting, walks of varying length along the coastal path or disused railway line, Robin Hoods Bay museum, canoeing, orienteering, Whitby Abbey, boat trips from Whitby, the Sealife centre in Scarborough and more. Evening activities include town trails, smuggling talks, a magic lantern show and ghost walks.

The location and diversity of Robin Hoods Bay makes it ideal for secondary school groups for geography and biology field trips. It is particularly suited for coastal processes and coastal erosion for geographers and rock pool ecology and diversity/density and moorland habitats and ecology for biologists.

Group Sizes Catered For

From 20 to 42

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions


Risk Assessment Details

Risk assessments for the building are available.

The centre has a modern fire detection and alarm system that is tested weekly and serviced annually. The fire extinguishers are also serviced annually.

Kitchen staff have food hygiene certificates and the centre is inspected by Scarborough Borough Council.

Education Officer Information

For school visits contact is Kate Smith.

Pricing Information

Full board weekends are from £20+vat per person per night.

Full board midweeks in the peak season from April to October are £28+vat pppn for primary schools and £29+vat pppn for secondary schools.

Peak season midweeks have a minimum numbers requirement of 30.

One free leader place is offered for every 10 pupils.

First Aid Information

We have a qualified first aider in the building but schools are responsible for ensuring that they have first aid cover when they are out of the building, and when centre staff are not on duty.

Available Facilities

Schools have the use of a dining room, classroom, staff lounge, staff kitchen, drying room/cloakroom, TV and DVD player in the classroom, data projector and screen and internet access.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The centre meets the needs of some disabled people. Please contact us for further discussion.

Location Information

Robin Hoods Bay is 6 miles south of Whitby and 17 miles north of Scarborough. The nearest rail stations are Whitby (with a limited service) or Scarborough. A service bus runs regularly from Whitby to Scarborough and passes through the village.

Room Sizes and Facilities

Bedroom accommodation is in bunk bedded rooms. We have 6 rooms that sleep 4/5 and 3 rooms that sleep 6/7.

Sinks with hot and cold water are in each room with showers and toilets close by.

Duvets, pillows and bedding is provided but not towels. As we only offer exclusive use schools decide the room occupancy.

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