During Activities Week in July, it is traditional for Year 7 pupils to visit Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire for a four day outdoor activities experience. It is always our intention to take the entire year group. Staying in cabins or under canvas, the pupils take part in archery, canoeing, high ropes, climbing, and orienteering, supervised by fully qualified instructors. Cambourne Village College staff accompany the groups at all times, and lead additional activities such as group challenges and a craft-based session. Excellent food is provided, the evening meal being taken in the dining room of the manor house, and events such as quizzes, sports competitions, and the ever-popular hide-and–seek in the dark cellars under the house are all popular evening activities. A talent show and disco are held on the last night.
The cost is expected to be about £265 per pupil, payable in 5 instalments, with the first instalment being paid at the start of February. We consider this residential an integral part of the year 7 curriculum, and ask parents to prioritise this visit for their children ahead of other opportunities offered in Year 7, if paying for more than one visit is not possible. We are able to offer some support in cases of economic hardship. The trip provides an excellent chance for pupils and staff to get to know each other in a less formal setting, and we focus on developing the skills from our PSHE programme, encouraging the children to be active and creative in acquiring new skills, supporting each other with empathy, reasoning their way through challenges, and showing tenacity when the activities are demanding.
An evening presentation is held before the visit to provide parents with further information.
Contact: Head of Year 7
Updated information (February 2023): PPT