We know and understand that many children can be nervous about being away from home. To help, we have put together this Parent Zone with lots of useful information to help you best prepare for your child’s residential and to give you a little insight into what your children will be doing while they stay with us.
School residentials are one of the most exciting parts of the school year, with children often talking about their school camp for years to come. At Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, we make it our mission to ensure every child has the best possible experience with us, so creating memories which are full of adventures, friendships, and laughter.
Whilst we are passionate about the outdoors and adventure, our aim is to go beyond the fun of the high ropes course and the laughs aboard our Mega SUPs… we believe a school residential should consider every waking moment (whilst of course offering comfy surroundings for those moments less active!). We never underestimate the power of a friendly face or a helping hand. We know how important a good breakfast is. We appreciate how important clean facilities are. We ensure no aspect of a residential is overlooked and commit to treating every child as a valued paying guest.
For children on an outdoor residential, it is a chance to break away from the everyday and experience the great outdoors in all its glory. We strive to offer children a chance to learn new life skills, show inner confidence they thought they never had, make new friends, hear new stories, challenge their fears, and laugh like they have never done before.
Whilst we’re a jolly friendly bunch of individuals, our team are also competent, responsible, and safety-focused. All front line staff at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre are DBS-checked and undergo rigorous employment screening and induction.
The senior management team at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre have been working with schools and children for over 15 years.
For school residential bookings, every school will be provided with a dedicated timetable to include daytime activities, evening entertainment, and meal times. Your child’s timetable will resemble the one as displayed on our residentials page, although it cannot be confirmed until the day of arrival. School Activity Day trippers will also get a timetable, which will look the one displayed on the day activity day page.
Yes, we offer 24 hour support at Porthpean OEC. Once our evening staff leave for the day, our overnight staff step in to ensure all guests are looked after. Our overnight team are trained in dealing with all manner of situations that may unfold. As with all front-line staff at the centre, our overnight team are DBS-checked and are recruited and trained in accordance with our robust in-house systems.
Check out our suggestions on the Kit List above, although your child’s school may suggest an alternative list.
Yes, they do. We have dedicated boys facilities and dedicated girls facilities, plus accessible facilities. Teaching staff and our own team have their own dedicated facilities.
Your school will be issued with our menu. However, please rest assured all meals are designed with children in mind and all dietary requests are passed on to us via the school. We do offer a choice of meals, including desserts.
Of course. We treat all food allergies and intolerances very seriously. Your school will be asked to collect all relevant details for the entire group in order to pass on to our catering team.
All children taking part in activities in the water will be wearing a buoyancy aid. We can adapt all activities accordingly, ensuring your child’s safety is first in our thoughts.
Your child’s teachers and our instructors are experienced with children and how to encourage them when facing challenges. Whilst as an outdoor education centre we encourage risk in order to see the many rewards that come with it, we listen to every single child and put measures in place to ensure their trust is met and they feel safe and secure in during an activity. We operate a Challenge by Choice method of activity instruction, meaning children are always in control.
Your school will be charged with the accommodation allocation.
We strongly advise against bringing any screens and/or valuables. Porthpean OEC offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with the outdoors and take a break from screens. Your school will have a policy in place as a means of parental contact in an emergency.
As above, we strongly advise against any screens and/or valuables.
Soft toys are often taken on school residentials, but please be aware that items are exposed to being damaged or lost on such trips; we strongly advise against bringing a particularly special toy.
Our toilets are open throughout the night, with a path lit up to guide people when dark.
Yes. The beach is accessed from our centre via a footpath and road. Your children will be led and accompanied by teaching staff and centre staff at all times.
We must always point parents (and children) to their teacher. Both pre-stay and whilst in residence, teaching staff will assume ultimate responsibility for your child. However, our centre staff are experienced with working with children and will happily listen to any concerns that a child may have when nervous or worried. A safeguarding policy is enforced to ensure all interaction is safe for all parties.
Please ask your school first, but we will not have an objection, although please bear in mind that wetsuits will be left to dry and stored with our own wetsuits. Your child will not be allowed to dry their wetsuit in/near their accommodation.
Your school will inform you of the cost of your school residential.
Sports & recreation Your Cornish adventure starts here…school residentials, activity days and family adventures linktr.ee/porthpean