Outdoor Education Activities at The Kingswood Trust

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The Kingswood began as a holiday camp in 1923 to provide holidays for ‘poor’ children.
Come, meet and feed the animals at The Kingswood Trust.

Outdoor Education Activities with Nature at The Kingswood Trust

Outdoor education activities at The Kingswood Trust focus on learning with nature. Children of all ages, their parents and carers and those who support them can learn together, enjoying the benefits of hands on learning in the fresh air. From the voluntary sector to corporate organisations, everyone can benefit from learning with nature. There are also plenty of varied opportunities to make a positive contribution to the work of our charitable trust. Our outdoor education activities enable learning about and through the environment and create lasting, happy memories.

The Kingswood began as a holiday camp in 1923 to provide holidays for ‘poor’ children. The original buildings were World War I Nissan huts with stretchers for beds. Around the time of World War II brick-built dormitories were erected and stretchers were replaced by beds. Air Raid Shelters were built for emergency use and the camp continued. Shortly after World War II, the holiday camp was purchased by the Local Education Authority to house an open-air School for “delicate” children. Many of these children suffered from breathing problems, were under nourished with poor development and their families were in social need.

The open-air school had a significant impact for many years due to outdoor lessons and the medical and educational support at the school. The children made huge progress out of the city in this countryside environment. The school was inspected and applauded for its great work and in 1958 and it was decided to build new accommodation on land next door. The original buildings were left untouched then until 1973, when it was transformed into an environmental residential centre for schools to learn in the great outdoors. Kingswood Trust became an independent charity in 2014 and has continued to successfully develop its outdoor education activities that connect children and the community to the natural world.

Our Mission

We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development whatever their age, ability or circumstances. Our mission is to provide high quality outdoor day and residential experiences in a safe environment that will support improved outcomes for children and the wider community.

Be inspired!

We invite you to step outdoors and be inspired by our wildlife habitats and creative sculptures. Journey through the orchard and follow secret pathways into our forest areas. Pause for a while and dip in our ponds, meet our animals or spend time in our fields. Take on a new a challenge in the woodland adventure areas and climb our trees.

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).

Meet the Team

Outdoor education activities at their best. We pride ourselves on a quality experience for everyone. Our education and support teams are all experienced and committed to great customer service. Here’s a bit about them.

Rachel Wells

Charity Manager Head of Centre – B.Ed. (Hons) Science and Education and National Professional Qualification Head Teachers Award. 30 years working in Education, Nursery and Primary phase.

David Tagg

Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Teacher) – BSc QTS (Hons). 18 years working in Education, Primary and secondary Phase.

Yvonne Thomas

Environmental Assistant – Nursery Nurse and (NVQ L5 Childcare and Education). Over 30 years working in Early Years settings, Nursery and Primary Education.

Kim Deeley

Brewerton – Forest Leader (Teacher) – BSc (Hons) Sports Science PGCE. Teaching for 9 years Early Years and Primary Phase.

Helen Hogan

Community Engagement Officer – B.Ed. (Hons). 30 years working in Education, Special Schools and Primary phase.

Stephanie Twilley

Community Engagement Officer – B.Ed. (Hons). 30 years working in Education, Special Schools and Primary phase.

Helen Heywood

Community Engagement Officer – MBA. 25 years working in marketing, communications and events for businesses, investment programmes and across education, leisure and health sectors.

Frances Harrison

House Manager – BTEC in Business and Finance. 30 years working in front of house customer services across the leisure, cultural and educational sector.

Aldona Pienkosz

Business Assistant – HNC business / public administration. 30 years working in public sector finance managing schools’ budgets providing support and advice on legislative requirements.

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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Meet our two new lambs Axel and Beau. Theyre here tomorrow for Wild Walk and Nature Play when you can play outdoors, explore and enjoy a walk, with our booklet and map to help guide you around our venue, and treat yourself to a cuppa and cake. 
Why not visit our new lambs, resident pets and let your children enjoy some freedom to play in our adventure and natural play areas. Tickets are available up to 11am, 19th June 2021.
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-walk-and-nature-play-tickets-122323762667 #outdoorplay #daysout #familydaysout

Comment on Facebook

They are a very friendly pair and love to be hand fed.

Oh 👍

will be there tomorrow for a cuddle

I love your sheep. One of them has a lot more character than the other! Please can u PM me any prices for stay in the lovely lodge! Xx

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Congratulations David, you so deserve this award. Well done. Helen

Well done x

Well done - The Friends of Kingswood Trust 👍🏻 you work incredibly hard for the local community. Thank you x

Good work Rachel and all your team

Congratulations on your nomination well done keep up the good work

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Comment on Facebook

Very well deserved! Congratulations.

Well done a credit

Brilliant! Well done.

What a lovely day for a picnic at Kingswood Trust!
Join us tomorrow at 10am 15th June for Park and Play. Here you can play and explore the woods in the cool and shade, enjoy a walk or, just relax together outdoors in our beautiful 9 acre site. 
Woody’s Snack Stop will be open for refreshments and ice creams and we have plenty of picnic tables and areas to sit as well as some under cover seating.
Tickets are available up to 11am on the day.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/park-and-play-tickets-117347151489
A big welcome to our newest member of staff to the Kingswood Trust family, Jude Taverner. Jude is delighted to join us as our Forest Leader. Amongst many outdoor activities, Jude will be organising minibeast hunts, den building and art therapy based activities. Shell also be helping out our events too and is looking forward to meeting everyone. 
Dont forget, our next event is tomorrow at 10am, Wild Walk and Nature Play for anyone looking for adventure play, meeting some animals and to explore our woodlands. Tickets are available up 11am on the day. #daysout @HeritageFundUK @DefraGovUK

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This will get you to the event listing to Wild Walk and Nature Play...Thanks for your interest ...Rachel Wells.

This link is for Nature Connections Walk and free cake and coffee.

Welcome on board Jude! Hope you will be very happy working at Kingswood. It is a very special place.

Looking forward to meeting you and being back at Kingswood on Tuesday when I bring my class for the colour monster event. 😎

Hi, could you pop a link to book please?

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Claire Arrowsmith

Welcome to your new home Dotty & Derek complete with a pond each and Coco and friends as neighbours!

PS looking forward to seeing them Saturday when I shall be coming as a VISITOR!!

Gorgeous!

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That cockerel in the back ground is great. Such an enjoyable place and trust to work with. Always a pleasure to be able to help.

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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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