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We aim to work in partnership with visiting teachers and it is important to us that we meet the specific priorities of schools and the individual needs of young people. Please be active in your collaboration with us and help us to continually improve what we are able to offer at Holt Hall.

The centre aims to provide a happy and stimulating learning environment where students are encouraged to explore their relationship with others and the environment.

We aim to develop skills, knowledge and understanding and promote awareness of personal, local and global issues.

The courses are co-planned with each school to ensure they meet the specific learning needs of its’ pupils. Often the focus is on the development of social skills, team building and leadership, in addition to supporting the Science and Geography curriculum. Age, ability and prior knowledge will be taken into account when devising your programme of study.

Organisation of the programme and option choice is very flexible. A ‘themed’ programme, with individual activities complementing and building on each other, can be a useful way of creating a more holistic approach to the residential experience. Examples of possible themes include habitats, coasts, and adaptations. The Sustainable Schools framework introduces a number of doorways which could also be used as themes, e.g. energy, water, waste, food, grounds and local well-being.

Several schools and youth organisations have been involved with growing activities in Holt Hall’s walled kitchen garden. Holt Hall staff would be pleased to discuss ways in which these exciting new opportunities may be integrated into your teaching programme.

Community tasks

Spend 20 minutes each day in small groups helping out with seasonal and important tasks to help run and maintain Holt Hall! These small tasks will help build the sense of community during your trip to Holt Hall and will help children understand the connection between the garden and the house.

Institute for outdoor learning Brilliant Residentials Quality badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
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