Information for Teachers Planning a Visit

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Booking

You can book your visit to The Reaseheath Outdoor Education Centre by telephone, email or via our online booking form. We will provisionally book a day for you and hold it for a week to give you time to organize coaches and staff. If the booking is not confirmed, the date will then be released for other schools to book. Once you have made the necessary arrangements and wish to confirm, we will send out your confirmation letter by email. On receipt of the confirmation, please acknowledge and check that the details are correct. After your visit has been confirmed you may be charged a cancellation fee should you cancel less than 15 working days prior to your visit. Please advise us as soon as possible if you wish to change your booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Bookings should be made well in advance of the visit, to enable a choice of available dates or activities. In order to arrange access to resources and staff, we ask to have 4 weeks’ notice of an intended visit. During the Spring Term, we are busy with lambing and slots for visits become booked very quickly, so too during the summer months when the improved weather encourages schools to get out and about more. If you are planning visits, we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

We strongly advise a pre-visit when you have booked your day with us, so that you can find out more about our centre and how your chosen programme will fit into work back at school.

All visits are led by our staff. The day is tailor made to suit each school’s individual needs. The School Coordinator will liaise with the Class Teacher to plan appropriate activities to meet the learning objectives of the class.

Schools will be charged for any significant use of consumable items. (To be confirmed by Reaseheath Outdoor Education staff at the time of booking)

We regret that it is not possible (for reasons of safety), for supervising adults to bring additional young children in pushchairs. We offer adapted visits for small groups of Nursery/EYFS pupils or children with disabilities, some of whom may need to use pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Prices and Payment

Visits cost £7.50 per pupil.

Pre visits

If you have not visited Reaseheath recently we strongly recommend you attend a pre visit, as the meetings provide opportunities for you to view the site, discuss possible activities and also consider Health and Safety issues.

Pre visits usually take place between 3.30pm & 4.30pm, but we are flexible and can arrange a time to suit the individual.

Learning Outcomes

You will need to discuss learning outcomes with a member of the Centre teaching staff and agree a programme of activities for the day depending on the time of year and the activities on offer for that particular term. Centre staff can also advise on the preferred staffing ratio for your chosen activities. This can be done in person at a pre visit or by phone, but certainly at least 2 weeks before your visit.

Clothing and Footwear (Adults and children)

Strong waterproof shoes and/or Wellington boots are essential throughout the year.  If you are visiting the farm all children must wear footwear that is washable on site and shoes to change into for the journey home.  A bag to carry wellies home in is also essential and it is advisable for wellies to be thoroughly cleaned on returning home to ensure all manure is removed. Any person with unsuitable footwear will not be allowed in the farmyard area.  In winter a warm waterproof coat is advisable. Don’t forget, we are aiming to ‘Learn outside the Classroom’ so ideally it would be wonderful to be in the fresh air for as long as possible, regardless of the weather! Sun block and sun hats may be necessary in the summer months.

Lunches, toilets and hand washing facilities

Our school lunch area is situated in the classroom, but if the weather is fine, an area of grass will be designated for the children to sit in and/or play.

There are toilets available near to the classroom and hand washing facilities. Pupils must be supervised at all times when using these facilities.

Cancellation Policy

Schools that cancel their booking within 14 working days of the visit will incur a cancellation charge that reflects 50% of the total cost of the visit to Reaseheath. Any cancellation must be submitted in writing or by telephone to Graham Morgan on 01270 613194.

If for any reason you are delayed on the day, please contact Caroline Phillips on her Mobile: 07875 233287 or College Reception (01270 625131), so that if possible we can re-organise. Please be aware however that there may be occasions when we are unable to reschedule everything that you had intended to see or cover.

Evaluating your visit

You will be given an evaluation sheet to enable you to tell us what you thought about your visit. Please take time to fill this in and return it to us so that we can continue to improve our service.

Supervision

School staff and accompanying adults are responsible for students’ behaviour at all times, including and especially at lunchtimes, when College staff are not in attendance. It is important therefore, that you bring sufficient adults to ensure your group is adequately supervised. Guidelines suggest a ratio as follows:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage = 1:4
  • Key Stage 1 = 1:6
  • Key Stage 2 = 1:10
  • Key Stage 3 = 1:15

Please discuss expected rules of behaviour when on school visits with pupils and ensure that supervising adults understand their role for the day.

On arrival

Five minutes prior to your arrival please call the following number; 07875 233287 so our staff can make their way across to meet your coach.

It is expected that your transport/coach will arrive at the main entrance (Off B5074) to Reaseheath College. Pull in by the main reception, Centrepoint, where you will be met by one of our staff and shown where to park. Please do not disembark the coach with the children until a member of our staff is with you to escort you to the Outdoor Education Centre Classrooms.

You will need to inform us of the precise number of students and adults in the group in order to comply with safety and fire regulations.

Bags, packed lunches, coats and shoes or boots may be safely deposited in the classroom which can be locked when not in use. Please ensure that valuables are not left in this area.

Photography and SEN

Photography

We will inform schools beforehand should we wish to take photographs during a visit, for promotional purposes or for use in developing educational material. Schools should bring a list of those children whose carers have not given previous permission for photographs to be taken.

Visitors with special needs

We are keen to help visitors with disabilities and areas intended for use by school groups are accessible to wheelchair users. The classrooms have a wheelchair ramp. We are also equipped with changing facilities and a toilet with a hoist.

Our Education Co-ordinator is trained to work with SEN students. Please indicate any special requirements when discussing your visit during planning.

Health and Safety

If visiting the farm areas, please read the information on preventing infections on farm visits. In addition to this the college have prepared a risk assessment for your information and to use in conjunction with those you have prepared at your school prior to the visit.

Contact Details

Please contact us for any queries regarding your visit;

Caroline Phillips, Schools Co-ordinator, Outdoor Education Centre, Reaseheath, Nantwich, Chehire, CW5 6DF

Tel: 07875 233287 / 01270 625131 extn 3904 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Nicola Robinson, Programme Administrator – Animal Management

Tel: 01270 613222 (Monday and Friday)

Or email; carolinep2@reaseheath.ac.uk