Ufton Court Historical Residential Centre Berkshire South East
Green Lane, Ufton, Nervet,, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4HD
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Ufton Court Educational Trust is a historical and outdoor education centre in the South East of England, based in and around the Tudor Manor House and extensive grounds of Ufton Court.
Ufton Court is staffed 24 hours a day and is on private land so public access is not permitted. All doors have regularly changing codes and entry at our gate is via an intercom to ensure the security of all of those staying with us. All adults on site are identifiable either through their clothing or the lanyard they must wear.
What makes us a great choice?
An innovative charity that aims to change children’s lives through challenging and inspirational learning outside the classroom. We aim to raise aspiration and achievement of all children and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The charity is based in the exceptional house and grounds of Ufton Court in Berkshire.
Accreditation and Awards
• Sandford Award for Heritage Education
• LOtC Quality Badge
• AAIAC Adventure Mark
• AQA Unit Award Scheme approved centre
What is typically included?
For history, children are immersed in the past and when outdoors they are experiencing the natural beauty of our wild environment. Whether exploring the Grade 1 Tudor Manor House and finding priest holes, flogging Boudicca in the Celtic Roundhouse or curing a cursed field as a Saxon, all our activities use the unique resources at our disposal to inspire and engage your group.
The areas of history we cover include the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, the Iron Age, the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Tudors or World War II.
Our 40 acre site includes ancient woodland, a Viking long ship, Celtic settlement, medieval ponds and Tudor Manor House complete with secret priest holes.
Each historical programme follows its own story line – perhaps your children will become part of the Saxon Readingas settlers or a Tudor Petty Constable investigating strange goings on at the allegedly Catholic Manor. By creating a stronger sense of narrative and coherence between the activities, the children are more able to see how they are linked and can therefore build up a bigger picture of the past.
Through outdoor learning we offer Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities linked to both primary and secondary curriculums. We also deliver Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEALs) programmes aimed at developing personal qualities like self-esteem, empathy, friendship and tenacity. Groups also have the opportunity to use the site for forest skills (like Forest Schools) incorporating activities such as fire lighting and shelter building.
All our programmes, whether based around history, outdoor learning or a combination of both, are objective driven and can be tailored to your individual requirements.
Group Sizes Catered For
Ufton Court has two areas of accommodation:
Our timber cabins can sleep 32 children and 6 adults.
The Manor House can sleep up to 60 children and 8 adults. Groups can book either area or both together.
Risk Assessment Details
We highly recommend site visits for any new staff that may be coming and are showing around more and more children with special needs to put both their and their parents’ minds at ease. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please think of 2 or 3 convenient days/times for you then contact Ufton Court so we can arrange to show you around.
We have a comprehensive range of Risk Assessments that visiting teachers can download directly from our website.
All residential groups practice a fire drill on their first afternoon.
All our prices are based on the size of the group and the time of year you visit.
Prices range from:
• £73 for 1 night in the cabins
• £80 for 1 night in the Manor House
• £108 for 2 nights in the cabins
• £118 for 2 nights in the Manor House
For Year 3 and 4 visits, 1:8 adults visit free of charge and, for Year 5 and 6 visits, 1:10 adults visit free of charge.
First Aid Information
All of our teaching team is first aid trained which includes paediatric and outdoor first aid. We do recommend that each group provides their own qualified first aider to cover the journeys to and from Ufton Court and for any times our staff are not with the group.
Meals are provided for all residential groups who stay with us, and we can cater for all dietary requirements including being a nut free site. The school will have the entirety of the Manor house to use as their own and this includes our three reception rooms, dining room and an area for the teachers.
There is limited Wi-Fi available and mobile phone reception is inconsistent due to the location of the site. There are landline telephones available if required in an emergency.
Souvenirs are ordered in advance and added to the invoice meaning there is no need for children to bring their own money on site. We do not have a shop.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Our teaching spaces are all wheelchair accessible and there is disabled access parking and toilets, including those with hoists. We have an all-terrain wheelchair available if required.
The timber cabin area is all wheelchair accessible. However, the Manor House is only accessible on the Ground Floor. There are suitable bedrooms and toilet facilities on this level.
Opening Hours & Information
We are open for residential visits Monday-Friday throughout term time, throughout the entire academic year. Most visits arrive for 10.00am on the first day and depart at 2.00pm on the last day.
“Always love coming to Ufton, the children get such a lot out of their visit; not just the academic side, but very importantly, the social side. It’s great to get away from gadgets and tech and just be outdoors!” – Castleview, Tudor Residential, March 2017
“Viking raid and feast were brilliant. Could not be better.” – Balksbury, Viking Residential, May 2017
“This has been a really fantastic educational experience for us all. Top quality educational provision, entertaining activities, great food, wonderful staff. Costumes fab. All fantastic! Great shields, trebuchets etc.” – Homer First, Roman’s Residential, June 2017
We are an educational charity delivering objective focussed sessions with both qualified teachers and qualified outdoor leaders on a historically significant site surrounded by beautiful English countryside. What more could you ask for!
Our site is not easily accessed via public transport. The nearest railway stations (Theale or Mortimer) are approximately 4 miles away and the nearest bus stop is a 40 minute walk away. Coaches should approach via the A340 from Aldermaston, or from the East through Burghfield Common or Mortimer. There is no direct access for coaches from the A4 to the North due to narrow roads and a weight restriction at Ufton Bridge, although cars and minibuses may approach via this route.
Based just 7 miles West of Reading, close to Junction 11 and 12 of the M4, we provide schools from across Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and beyond, with highly interactive residential visits for all ages.
Room Sizes and Facilities
Each timber cabin sleeps up to 8 children and there are 4 cabins to choose from. One of the cabins is suitable for children with physical disabilities, if required. The cabins have their own self-contained toilet and shower facilities and the doors are alarmed. All bedding is provided.
The Tudor Manor House is made up of 11 bedrooms, all of which have either single beds or bunk beds with bedding provided. There are shared bathroom and shower facilities, including a disabled access bathroom.As part of developing the children’s independence, they are now making up their own beds. It is a good idea to ask parents to run through this as homework at home (putting a duvet cover and pillow case on).
All adults have access to emergency phones and to radios so that they can communicate with each other but also to staff on site.
Ufton Court has a Head of Learning, a History Lead and an Education Team Administrator who are all involved in organising educational visits. For all initial education enquiries, please contact the Office Manager at email@example.com or on 0118 983 2099. The Office Manager will then put you in contact with the correct person for your visit.