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We support children from Early Years and through the Primary phase and older children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Learning Outside the Classroom – School Days and Stays at The Kingswood Trust

The Kingswood Trust delivers Learning Outside the Classroom activities for schools and other groups through day visits, programmes of activities and residential stays for one or more nights. Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.

We hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, a nationally recognised indicator of good quality outdoor education. The award combines the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into one easily recognisable and trusted accreditation.

Supporting children from Early Years and through the Primary phase and older children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, The Kingswood Trust provides carefully planned activities that support the school’s curriculum delivery, offering challenging, exciting and memorable experiences to help children learn.

Learning Outside the Classroom Day Visits are Great Value for Money

ENCOUNTER DAY

  1. Animal habitats and homes
  2. Forest taster and earth walks
  3. Materials, dens and structures
  4. Exploring colour in nature, sensing and the senses
    Here and there – maps and directions

ENDEAVOR DAY

  1. Orienteering courses and problem solving
  2. Team challenges and survival

ENHANCEMENT DAY

  1. Local history and WWII
  2. The Stone Age experience
  3. Farm, food and countryside
  4. Eco warrior, energy and materials
  5. Science explorer-forces and nature
  6. Nature explorer – habitats and adaptations
  7. Forest school experience
We can accommodate up to 70 people with 16 beds in our smaller Orb building and 54 beds in the main building.

Our Residential Visits are Brilliant

Plan for a one or two night residential or stay longer. We can accommodate up to 70 people with 16 beds in our smaller Orb building and 54 beds in the main building. A sleep over at The Kingswood Trust offers a learning experience with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • All our activities are designed and led by teachers and qualified centre staff, with visiting staff fully involved in the delivery of the activities.
  • Our planning is collaborative and links carefully to each schools priorities and children’s individual needs.
  • We invite schools to bring their own creative ideas to their visit and we will make it happen.
  • Learning Outside the Classroom activities are driven by developing new skills and knowledge, increasing confidence and independence and raising self-esteem.
  • Our activities directly support the curriculum.
  • We allow time and space for collaboration with friends and staff, developing improved communication and building positive relationships.
  • We ensure our Learning Outside the Classroom provision is evaluated through school and individual feedback.

Outdoor Education Programmes and Projects

Try out one of our programmes or projects, where adults and young people, usually in a group of up to 12, participate in a series of six sessions, one day per week for six weeks.

  1. Forest School Programme for all ages
  2. Animal Encounter for all ages
  3. Woodland Foresters Project for ages 11-15 years
  4. Learn and Grow Project for ages 16-25 years

Some of these projects are funded and support disadvantaged young people, those with special educational needs and disabilities, a mental health need or other additional needs.

Children learn to use tools and solve problems, directing their own learning.

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.” Forest School Association.

At The Kingswood Trust, “Forest School” practice is based on three key principles:

  • We capitalise on the outdoors as a real context for learning.
  • We utilise the woodland/outdoor environment as a rich source of natural materials and resources for learning.
  • We build upon the way young children learn — active, first hand experiences using all their senses — investigative and exploratory learning that builds upon their natural curiosity.
  • All staff leading hold a Forest Leaders Level 3 Award.

Our ‘Forest School Base Camp’ has the facility for building fires and the fire pit is designed for children to learn about safety whilst benefiting from its warmth in winter and the pleasure of toasting and eating marshmallows, crab apples and other tasty goodies. Children learn to use tools and solve problems, directing their own learning.

School Stays in the ORB

Did you know that schools can book a fun filled stay at The Kingswood Trust? Our three bedroomed ORB deserves a special mention especially if you are thinking of booking The Kingswood Trust for a learning outside the classroom stay or a school day out. Nestled in our picturesque site, the ORB offers natural views and interesting features to discover.

100% Enjoyment

Sleeping up to 16, the ORB has been refurbished to provide five-star quality modern accommodation, whilst retaining an olden day charm. Great for retreats and gatherings of all kinds.

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What We Offer You at The Kingswood Trust

SCHOOL DAYS AND STAYS

The Kingswood Trust delivers Learning Outside the Classroom activities for schools and other groups through day visits, programmes of activities and residential stays...

FAMILY DAYS OUT

There’s lots to see and do for family days out at The Kingswood Trust. Visit us for a fun break in the heart of the countryside with plenty of fabulous attractions on your doorstep...

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

If you run a club or group, experience an exciting place to deliver your community group activities. The Kingswood Trust will offer you a fabulous space to be creative...

TEAM BUILDING

Let us deliver a fun team building day outdoors with nature all around you. We guarantee team group activities that are fun, and a memorable experience that will improve communication...

We had a very enjoyable day, well organised and professionally run with great staff. There was laughter and nonstop chatter, from start to finish.

- Elizabeth Birch, Cheltenham Ladies College Guild.

Thank you for letting us do all the activities and have fun. I liked doing the peg trail and tree climbing. I want to go again because it was so good.

- Sophie (Aged 6).

The Orb was ideal for all our needs with space for the 15 of us to eat together, perfect for group activities and families. I think we would struggle to beat it on quality and value for money.

- Max Woollard from Cheshire.

Volunteering at The Kingswood Trust makes me feel valued and confident. It was great fun, giving the pets their breakfast and discovering freshly laid eggs in the chicken coop. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity.

- Juliet (Aged 12).

My favourite activities were the rope course, the midnight walk and the air raid shelters. Thank you for letting us stay for a night and meet the animals. You looked after us so well.

- Johnnie (Aged 7).

The Kingswood Trust is a great place to visit and volunteer. Working at the Trust has helped me become more confident and now I am now in full time work

- Stuart Bickerton from Telford.

Thank you for looking after my children at The Kingswood Trust Holiday Club. They have both thoroughly enjoyed their adventures, nature based and fun outdoor activities and arrive home happy and tired, ready for a good night’s sleep.

- Simon Briscoe from Wolverhampton.

The Kingswood Trust charity is a place where there are no limits to learning and no boundaries to the imagination.

- Rachel Wells - Head Teacher and Charity Manager, The Kingswood Trust.

I loved the zipline and feeding the rabbits. My most favourite time was when we ate our roast dinner and then went to the play area. I have been begging Miss Mason to come back soon and I hope we will.

- Rukudzo (Aged 7).

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

1. The Kingswood Trust was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in Autumn 2017.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

2. We are much more than a school trip… our activities support learning and development for all.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

3. Our Charity is fully risk assessed and has an outstanding health and safety record.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

4. Our venue is local – to Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin and Birmingham and the Black Country Authorities so there is less travel time and lower transport costs.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

5. All Teaching staff have teaching qualifications or L5 Support assistant qualifications and are experienced outdoor educators – 4 staff have a level 3 Forest Leader qualification.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

6. Our curriculum enhancement opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of schools and groups – learning is memorable, active and fun.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

7. We connect people with nature for improved education, health and wellbeing – research backs up this need to combat “Nature Deficit Disorder”.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

8. We offer a range of pre-visit support via our teaching staff and house manager, including pre-planning visits, parents presentation and video for school use.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

9. We can provide you with testimonials from other schools and groups who choose The Kingswood Trust or check out our evaluation feedback.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

10. We offer good value for money – and have a range of offers available and supporting staff come free.

The Kingswood Trust Newsletter

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Special Events

Are you looking for a fun activities for the whole family, or something new to do with friends? Check out our calendar of events and other opportunities and connect with nature and the great outdoors. Visit our Facebook page now. Here you can find out news and what’s on and book onto our events and activities.

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Our bird ringing expert, Colin McShane was first up tonight on BBC Winterwatch 8pm talking about the Jack Snipe... This well-camouflaged wader is a winter visitor to the UK, where it can be seen feeding on wetlands with a distinctive bobbing motion. Join us next Tuesday 25th January at Kingswood Trust 8am for our next bird ringing session with Colin. #birdringing #belvideringers #explorenatureImage attachment

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An excellent piece to camera! A natural - Well done Colin.

This week our Volunteers have been working hard to complete the next stage of our new forest school shelter. We have been busy moving 20T of soil to create a bank around the structure for us to plant with wild flowers. We also planted some new trees in our orchard including this winter gem apple tree. Thank you again for all the support from our volunteer team! we couldnt do it without you!Image attachment

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We had a fantastic time as always. Thank you x

So gutted that i couldn't come ! However I am now a qualified First Aider for another few years x

Lovely morning if a little chilly 🥶 xx

On a crisp winters morning theres something quite special about cooking round a campfire.
Starting this Saturday 15th January, we will be running Saturday Forest Fun – and then every fortnight into March.
This is still chance to take part in our Wild Walk and Nature Play where families can park, play and enjoy the walk but there will now also be a theme or activities for each Saturday. For this Saturday 15th the activities are Campfire Smores and Clay Modelling.
Get wrapped up and cosy, get your tickets here. 
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saturday-forest-fun-tickets-244534077007
We look forward to seeing you. @DefraGovUK @HeritageFundUK
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Brilliant place, great activities, wonderful staff.

Nicola Chandler fancy trying this one Saturday morning

Amy Louise Steele we can’t do this week, but do you fancy this one weekend? X

What age is this for an how long is the session? Do you have to book tickets for adults too?

Emily Machin we should take our crew xx

Gemma Simpson Natalie Bailey Elizabeth Garratt Maybe one for the kiddies xx

what age is it for please?

Laura Reader

Jenny Mason

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Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022. Stay safe everyone and see you soon. Rachel Wells.

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Happy New Year to all you lovely people !

Happy New Year, see you in 2022 x

Happy new year xx

Thanks Rachel and Happy New Year to all the team.

Happy New Year

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If you are a supporter or have been to Kingswood Trust...please could you help us by writing a review and post a photo if you have one. Many Thanks Rachel Wells (Charity Manager)
Here are the steps for how to leave a Facebook review:
Click the Reviews/Recommendations tab.
Click Yes to recommend the Page.
Write your recommendation and if you use mobile upload a photo along with the recommendation text.
You can also choose a tag such as great service, amazing staff or similar.
Click Post.

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Done!

We have lots of great outdoor events next year for families and friends. Take a look at our calendar, we have seasonal activities, themed events, camping in the summer and lots more. All the details for each event and how to book can be found at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/kingswood-trust-15880876381
Meanwhile we wish you a very 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
We look forward to seeing you soon. 🙂

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A wonderful place, fabulous activities for all ages, lovely environment and brilliant people! Well worth a visit - or several...

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Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄

It was beautiful! ❤️❤️

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Address and Directions

The Kingswood Trust
Holyhead Road
Kingswood
Wolverhampton
WV7 3AP
Tel: 01902 558132
Email: Kingswood@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Email Head: Rachel.Wells@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Opening Times

Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends: Vary by event

For group bookings and stays contact The Kingswood Trust directly to arrange or call us direct on 01902 558132.

Accessibility

The Kingswood Trust are delighted to have achieved top marks for Learning Outside the Classroom, read more about LOtC here.

Assistance Dogs are welcome at The Kingswood Trust.

The Kingswood Trust is wheelchair friendly. All buildings are on one level and the majority of the grounds can be accessed with a wheelchair. Wheelchair accessible toilets are also available.

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