Great residential stays, for all

Despite it being early days in the new school year, the thoughts of some teachers will already be turning to planning residential trips in the months ahead.

Residential experiences are a key part of school life for young people. Yet full pupil take up of residential opportunities only happens in 21% of UK schools according to research funded by the Department for Education and Skills (PSHE/Citizenship Team) and managed by The Scout Association and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s no secret that schools still face significant funding pressures. But in some instances, less than 20% of pupils attended residential opportunities. So why is that? One of the main issues cited in the research is access.

52% of schools asked said some children would find it difficult to go on organised trips, with disability (31%) coming second only to cost as the reasons given – clearly still representing a significant barrier to some.

The key to finding a solution for your school, however, may closer than you think.

With specially adapted accommodation for children with all levels of disability, lifts to all floors and extra wide doorways, a residential stay at the Wingate Centre means you can include everyone.

Welcoming small and large groups from mainstream and special schools, the Wingate Centre is open throughout the year offering residential breaks for groups of 8-42 people, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children with learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of residential experiences.

Our dedicated facilities and specialist equipment provide everything disabled children need. There’s a large gymnasium, recreation hall, sensory room and large dining room and just because autumn is on its way, outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop either. As well as indoor activities such as dance, drama and craft, we have accessible outdoor play areas. There are also lots of fabulous visitor attractions nearby.

While accessibility to residential opportunities can often be an issue for young disabled pupils, the benefits of these experiences are the same for all – from helping to increase confidence and self-belief, to improving relationships with others and developing new skills. Put simply, access to high-quality residential opportunities can have a hugely positive impact on children, young people and schools.

Learn more about how young pupils with learning disabilities can take part in residential experiences at the Wingate Centre, by emailing us at alex@thewingatecentre.co.uk