Gwent Outdoor Centres

Info for teachers

Our service is increasingly popular with a wide range of clients. During recent years we have successfully designed outdoor education and outdoor development courses for clients ranging from special needs departments in primary schools to A Level students preparing for university and from unemployed youngsters to senior managers.

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Why choose Gwent Outdoor Education Centres?

We cater mainly for groups of young people and school children. Around 7,000 each year enjoy brilliant outdoor activities and experiences at our three centres in the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons area.

We are proud of our excellent safety record and we are regularly inspected by Health and Safety Executive which oversees the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). We are licensed in accordance with The Activity Centres (Young Persons' Safety Act) 1995.

Our outdoor education service is jointly supported by four local authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. We have been operating since 1970.

How we help teachers and group leaders

We have three residential centres for you to choose from. We do not mix groups – so the building you choose would be for the sole use of your party – and the centres are not open to the public.

We are experts in tailoring courses to your group's needs. We have designed courses for everyone from special needs departments to A Level students. We can be flexible on the duration of courses as well as the mix of activities. We can provide accommodation for groups who wish to organise and carry out their own programmes of work (eg school field trips). We are able to provide equipment and expertise to support environmental and field studies if you need it.

Centre staff will take responsibility for technical safety during daytime activities. Visiting staff maintain overall responsibility for the pastoral care of the group.   We can discuss this with you when you're making your booking. Programme details and responsibility for leading activities will be clearly defined before your visit. Our centres all hold Public Liability Insurance.

We recommend that members of you group take out appropriate Personal Accident Insurance to cover for example the loss of personal belongings.

Whichever centre you stay at there will be welcome talk given by centre staff followed by a fire drill. The welcome talk will remind young visitors about how they should behave to ensure their safety during their stay.

In the unlikely event of an accident, procedures are in place to ensure that professional help is always available and that parents are kept fully informed.

All buildings and equipment are properly maintained and inspected. The buildings that make up Gwent Outdoor Centres are regularly inspected for fire, legionella and food safety standards.  All equipment provided is safe, well-maintained and appropriate for use.

We provide transport to and from activity sites – all vehicles are regularly maintained and inspected by Monmouthshire County Council. All vehicles are fitted with seat belts for all passengers.

The teaching staff at the Gwent Outdoor Centres are highly qualified and experienced practitioners of outdoor education. Only staff with nationally-recognised qualifications will lead pursuits such as canoeing, rock climbing, mountaineering and caving. All teaching staff hold current First Aid qualifications.

Parents can contact us for reassurance – on request we are happy to provide list of staff qualifications and experience. We are also happy for parents who may be concerned about safety to contact us using the contact form.

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Room plan downloads

Hilston Park room plan

Gilwern Blorenge Lodge room plan

Gilwern Sugarloaf Lodge room plan

The 'very useful' kit list

What activities?

Safety first for all

At Gwent Outdoor Centres our experienced staff always put safety first. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), which is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive. The AALA was set up to ensure outdoor activity providers follow good safety management practices. These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors – without being exposed to avoidable risks.

We continually monitor and update our procedures to ensure the safety of the young people in our care.

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Important info

The children had a fantastic time and I have already seen huge improvements with regards to teamwork within the class and our games lessons. The children who visited haven't stopped talking about their visit since returning to school! We hope to visit for many years to come!
– Laura
Eveswell Primary School

Hilston Park, Monmouthshire

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