School Groups Adventure

Active 4 Seasons has been providing Adventure Activities to Schools for the last 8 years

We have worked under various Adventure Activity License Service license’ locally for the last 14 years. In May 2018 we got our third license (Registration number L12044/R2038). This is again valid for another three years, (the maximum length given) reflecting past experience providing adventure activities for Schools and Youth groups.

We pride ourselves in providing maximum participation in the activities we offer and understand the pressure schools are under both time wise and with regards outcome led provision. We have designed and run a wide variety of programmes for a range of school ages but because we use the ‘real’ outdoors we tend to work with year 5 (10/11 year olds) and above.

Adventure Activities available:

Open Canoeing

A large part of what we do is educating the young people about the fantastic River Till. We are fortunate to be able to paddle on a this very special river which has a SSSI designation. We teach the children about this fantastic habitat whilst helping them work together in their mini teams. We may well see signs of many of the creatures who call this their home, Otter, Heron, Kingfisher and unfortunately the Signal Cray fish – a non native species that escaped during some flooding in the past.  Please let us know if you want us to link to any specific part of the National Curriculum as we can easily do this. The obvious being the food chain but we can also incorporate geography and history as this is a special area of the country being so close to Scotland.

Rock Climbing

Roped up and ready to climb

Great for a more individual challenge and trust in the equipment and those providing safety for you. We use an amazing Sandstone outcrop near to the Village of Etal to develop movement skills, balance and an appreciation for the great outdoors.

Off Road Cycling (Bikes hire from a third party).

A great activity for those with some cycling experience, unfortunately we rarely have enough time to introduce complete beginners as we tend to use off road trails with gravel on and this can prove quite a challenge to start on. We could come into schools prior to a visit to help with this if necessary.

We teach basic off road skills as well as how to work as a safe team on the trail. Good for fitness and skill development as well as an opportunity to have a look around the fantastic area we are fortunate to operate in.

Safety is a priority

An extract from a ROSPA:

“The Activity Centres (Young Persons Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 1996 have set up a licensing scheme for adventure activity providers in England, Scotland and Wales. Those who provide specified adventure activities, (caving, climbing, trekking, water sports), in return for payment, to young people under 18 years of age must be registered, hold a valid licence and abide by the conditions. Since October 1, 1997, providers must hold a licence before they can operate. Before a licence is granted, the centre will be inspected. All licences, which can be valid for up to three years, have safety conditions attached.”

The maximum number of students we can currently cater for is three groups of ideally 12 but if they have had some previous experience of the activities then we can consider slightly larger groups. We specialise in providing high quality adventure activity sessions that suit the needs of the group after discussion regarding the aims and objectives of the school and group.

Although we don’t have our own accommodation there are a few places locally we can recommend depending on age, group size etc. Wooler Youth Hostel, Berwick Youth Hostel, Pot a Doodle do, Chatton Bunkhouse, Mount Hooly bunkhouse to name a few. Please contact us for further details.

Please contact us to discuss your aims and objectives.

Testimonial:

Hi, Ollie

MANY thanks for such a brilliant activity session.  As a retired primary teacher I really appreciated the time you took to explain to the girls about paddling etc. before they started. Some of the smaller younger ones found it quite hard work,  but the older ones really enjoyed the session and the challenge of the faster water etc.

They all slept extremely well!  Much appreciated!!!