ABOUT US | AMAZING WAYS TO LEARN
Sandwell Residential Education Service is a family of 4 residential centres that deliver a truly unique range of transferable learning experiences through outdoor exploration, adventure and creative arts. We exist to provide sustainable lifelong learning opportunities for children, young people and adults to become happier and more successful.
What we do:
“Memorable learning happens in memorable places”
From KS1 to adult courses, our approach is simple: we create exciting learning moments by establishing outcomes and marrying them with our huge range of fun, challenging activities. We’ll create a programme tailored to your group.
Many of our practitioners are teachers; they have the technical skill to take advantage of the environments that they work in, and the soft skills to help a participant achieve more than they ever expected. We encourage participants to try things, experiment, learn through experience and express themselves; we believe in high challenge in supportive, safe environments.
Where we do it:
We have centres in Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Snowdonia. From a 17th century Jacobean mansion, to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Parks, our centres remain small, welcoming places that become your home for the visit. They are ideal for exclusive use to embed your culture, and to focus on your group’s shared experiences.
Edgmond Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning
A Georgian farm setting with themed outdoor learning in woodland, fields, and the Shropshire Hills. Near Newport, Shropshire
Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre
High adventure amongst the mountains, rivers, beaches and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park Snowdonia
Who is it for?
Our provision includes:
School groups: Key Stage 1 to further education
CPD & NQT programmes
Non-school groups, such as DofE, NCS, Guides, Scouts and Youth Groups
day visits and first residentials up to multi-night visits
Early careers and corporate development
fully tutored programmes or venue hire for rehearsal and revision retreats
thematic delivery to embed learning
sole occupancy available
family learning days to engage parents and carer
comfortable dorms and camping & glamping
self-catered cottages available
bespoke or ready-made programmes
a focus on individual learning styles
Why Sandwell’s Centres?
We are at the forefront of residential education practice and development.
The breadth of our provision – from Key Stage 1 Day visits to Teacher CPD programmes - is second to none, and we were proud to host the national ‘Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’ annual conference in November 2017. The conference focussed on ‘Learning Outside the Classroom and Wellbeing’, with Sandwell’s Principal Educational Psychologist, Dr Kevin Rowland MBE, delivering a key note speech.
High quality, great value. Why pay more?
We strive to make our programmes and inspirational venues accessible to as many young people as possible through a range of options. A fully inclusive 4 night residential is available from just £180pp, and 2 nights from £95pp. We also offer day visits, 1 night residentials, and a venue-only option for revision retreats and rehearsal space.
Tailored learning experiences.
Our practitioners are skilled at delivering appropriately challenging, memorable experiences and addressing a wide range of learning outcomes. Programmes can be fully integrated with school curriculum and ethos, inclusive, designed to meet students' specific learning needs and planned so that learning is embedded and reinforced back at school.
Small, and perfectly formed!
Sure, you might be staying in our mansion at Ingestre or Victorian lodge in Snowdonia, but they are small centres that are your home for the week. You’ll often have the place to yourself and we pride ourselves on our sense of community and commitment to each visitor.
Outcomes for pupils, outcomes for you.
Compelling independent research shows that a residential experience can improve students’ engagement with learning, support students’ achievement, improve resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing, boost cohesion and a sense of belonging, and widen and develop teachers’ pedagogical skills*.
Our biggest asset: Our people.
Our practitioners are learning professionals. Sure, they have the technical skill and qualifications to deliver high quality arts or adventure in the outdoors, but it’s their soft skills that set them aside. They can help a young person, often anxious, to express themselves, try new things, stick at something, and achieve more than they had ever thought possible. They’ll translate those experiences in to lessons for life.
All of our team enjoy working with young people and work hard to create a welcoming family feel at our centres. We strive to make sure every visitor feels valued and secure within an environment that encourages them to reach their potential.
We are a small team and we specialise in the whole residential experience which extends beyond an activity programme. We make sure that our centres are clean and warm, that food is home cooked and everyone is looked after, and that all staff are fully involved with resident group to give them the best experience we can.
Our vision for Sandwell
SRES is proudly part of the Sandwell Council Education, Skills and Employment Directorate. We work with schools and groups from all over the UK, along with several international schools. We are directly supporting Vision 2030 Sandwell.
In 2030, Sandwell is a thriving, optimistic and resilient community. It’s where we call home and where we’re proud to belong – where we choose to bring up our families, where we feel safe and cared for, enjoying good health, rewarding work, feeling connected and valued in our neighbourhoods and communities, confident in the future, and benefitting fully from a revitalised West Midlands.
"All centre staff clearly enjoy working at the centre. Their sense of humour, time giving, ability to encourage and their enthusiasm for all pupils to achieve more than they thought they could is an asset to outdoor education”
St John’s Primary School
"The constant assessment of each child’s skills and subsequent adaptation of the programme is an area of good practise to share with staff to reinforce positive practise.”
Ham Dingle School