It costs less than you think at Lakeside
Calverton school in the East End of London recently discovered the benefits of venturing ‘up north’ for its annual Year 6 residential trip.
Unable to attend their usual outdoor education centre in Essex, the school had to look elsewhere. That was when they discovered that a trip to Lakeside in the Cumbrian Lake District wasn’t as expensive as they’d anticipated.
In fact it cost less than £5 extra per student for the entire Lakeside adventure, on the shores of Lake Windermere.
Great value visit
Tony Ball, programme operations manager explains how schools can keep costs down while enjoying a quality outdoor education adventure at Lakeside. He says:
“Transport for London offer very good deals for schools so Calverton used public transport to get from London to Oxenholme near Kendal. Coaches were waiting to take them the rest of the way, and our partnership with a local coach company kept overall transport costs to a minimum.”
The school visited in autumn allowing them to take advantage of Lakeside’s off-peak rates, while enjoying all the land and lake-based activities on offer.
“The only difference between our on and off-peak visits is the weather and the temperature of Lake Windermere. When it’s colder we still do the same activities, we just make sure that the young people are kitted out in warm clothes and waterproofs,” adds Tony.
A northern adventure
For many of the children it was the first time they’d ventured out of London and was certainly the furthest north most pupils had ever been.
Caroline Crompton Headteacher of Calverton said:
“It’s over 20 years since I worked at Lakeside as a Day Camps instructor whilst training to be a primary teacher. Since then I’ve travelled the world teaching; I put my canoe skills to good use in the Amazon teaching teachers.
“My career has ended up in the East End of London and now as a headteacher I can bring groups of inner city children to the great outdoors. I was initially reticent about the long journey ‘up north’ but we secured a really good group booking deal with Transport for London and Virgin trains and door-to-door from Custom House to Lakeside was 6 hours.
“During our visit the children grew before our eyes and it’s amazing to see that the Lakeside team is still as strong and passionate about children learning in the outdoors as it was 20 years ago.”
It was a fantastic week, according to the school, with staff and pupils all agreeing it was a visit they’ll always remember.