"KW Parent Presentation Dearne Valley"
Welcome School Name Why Kingswood? Imagine a place where young people are inspired to learn and grow; where challenges are faced, skills learnt, minds opened and potential nurtured everyday. At Kingswood this is what we do: • Inquisitive minds are encouraged to celebrate change. • Creative risk taking is always promoted and challenges tackled head on. • Confidence is built, resilience developed and self-esteem boosted along the way. Why Kingswood? With 30 years’ experience we know what works and we are proud to deliver immersive learning at it’s very best. • We fully support the Learning Outside the Classroom Agenda and are a member of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC). • We offer accelerated learning by doing and the ultimate adventure activity experience. • We develop the life skills young people will need to explore, experience and make sense of their world. • We believe every young person has the capacity to achieve great things and we are here to help, encourage and inspire along the way. • We provide a safe and secure ‘home from home’ environment for every visitor and offer complete peace of mind for parents too. Inspired learning Enhancing an education: There is no better way to educate young people than by engaging, inspiring and exciting their minds. Skills to succeed in life: At Kingswood we focus on the personal development of every student, teaching important life-skills, challenging ideas and building confidence and self-belief. An unforgettable experience: Time spent at Kingswood can prove a truly life-changing experience for many young people. The Kingswood Experience Young people get so much more out of a visit to Kingswood than just having a lot of fun. The benefits gained are immense, and most will develop new life-skills without even realising they’re learning. • Increasing confidence in themselves and their own abilities • Developing new friendships and strengthening existing ones • Trying new activities and igniting interest in new hobbies • Experiencing the camaraderie of an overnight stay and an experience shared • Development of a healthy sense of self awareness and empathy for others and their environment • Increasing concentration, listening skills and attention span • Greater respect for those – both teachers and peers alike – who have shared the same journey • Accepting challenges and overcoming fears It’s all in a day A typical day at Kingswood runs as follows: • Breakfast between 7.30am and 9am • First activities kick off around 9.30am • 15 minute juice break • Lunch between 12pm and 2pm • A full afternoon of activities • 5 minute juice break • Evening Meal between 5.30 and 7pm • The Social Sundown evening entertainment at 8pm • Return to dorms at 9.30pm • Lights out by 10.15pm The school will choose their preferred activities prior to the trip and the centre will then create a programme to meet all of their specific objectives, needs and learning outcomes. • 6 sessions per day (4 at Dearne Valley) plus one final evening session. • Group sizes of no more than 15 (12 at Colomendy and Dearne Valley) plus a fully qualified Kingswood instructor and a teacher. • Students encouraged and praised during activities but are NEVER forced to take part if they are not comfortable doing so. While other schools may also be present on centre during your stay, all programmes and activities are conducted separately. Groups will have the opportunity to mix during The Social Sundown. Home away from home • All residential dormitories are warm, comfortable and 100% secure. • Girls and boys sleep in completely separate areas and teachers rooms are located close by to allow for plenty of close supervision. • All bedding is provided on centre - one of the very first tasks for all students is making up their own beds! • Separate showers and toilet facilities are available for girls and boys. Depending on individual centres, some rooms come with en-suite facilities. Just as at school, Kingswood cannot guarantee 100% safety for personal items brought onto centre and they will not be covered by insurance. It is therefore advisable to leave valuables – cameras, mobiles, iPods, MP3 players, computer games, jewellery - at home. A clearly named disposable camera is acceptable. Food glorious food! It’s important for students to maintain high energy levels throughout their stay, so 3 freshly-prepared, healthy cafeteria-style meals are served in our communal dining area every day. A varied choice is always offered, with both hot and cold meals, a salad bar, at least one vegetarian option and yes, sometimes even chips! Plenty of juice and water is available at all times. Most dietary requirements can be catered for as long as we are told in advance - forms will be issued to the school prior to your visit for this purpose and to establish any medical needs. Bedtime routine To finish off each day, hot chocolate is served in the dining room before students return to their dorms at 9:30pm. Plenty of sleep is required to recharge the batteries, so lights are usually turned out by 10:15pm. Safety & Wellbeing We know how nerve-wracking it can be letting your child go on a residential visit, so we do everything we can to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Our policies and procedures are designed to make sure we adhere to the highest safety standards at all times: • Continual safety and first aid training for all staff • Regular checks on equipment before and after every activity session • Qualified First-Aider on centre 24/7 All Kingswood staff are fully CRB checked and are trained to take responsibility for the well-being of the children in their care. We have found the best way to help children cope with being away from home is to keep them busy, having fun from dawn ‘til dusk. We create a warm, supportive environment for students so they quickly feel at home and our activities are progressive, allowing students to join in at whatever level they’re comfortable with. Your centre – Dearne Valley Set in 50-acres of green belt parkland near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, our brand new Dearne Valley centre – a reclaimed coal mine and the former Earth Centre – is considered one of the most inspiring educational and adventure centres in Europe. Your centre – Dearne Valley • Outstanding interactive learning facilities set in grassland, orchard and wooded areas. • Sustainable technology including solar panels, wind power and waste water harvesting that teaches students about out environmental impact. • A state-of-the-art activity park offers a range of adventure activities, including ropes courses, climbing walls and zip wires. • Educational programmes are tailor-made to suit individual needs, requirements and learning outcomes. • Comfortable single sex dorms (some with en-suite) sleep 2 -12 young people. • A dedicated and fully trained centre management team on hand 24/7 to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. • A safe and secure environment, complete with boundary fencing, electronic gates, night patrols, CCTV and full CRB check on all staff. See it for yourself! Click here to watch our film on Windows Media Player Or Click here to watch our film on YouTube Any questions? Thank you t | 0800 655 6564 f | 0844 800 5008 e | email@example.com www.kingswood.co.uk Kingswood Centres | Kingswood House | Alkmaar Way | Norwich | Norfolk | NR6 6BF Kingswood Learning & Leisure Group Ltd. Registered in England No. 3476432.