The school strongly believes that the provision of enrichment opportunity, in its widest form, is critical in supporting the holistic development of our children. School days are enriched frequently with offsite experiences, where learning can be brought to life for the Children and Young People of our School.
To support this aspect of learning every child is provided annually with a Residential Experience to help support their development of learner independence and to promote learning outside of the classroom. The school has developed excellent relationships with a number of key providers who are able to adapt their programmes to meet the varied needs of SJV learners and provide the school with bespoke activities to meet the age range and SEND needs of the Children and Young People at our school.
Additionally, students in Post 16 who are eligible, attend National Citizen Service residentials in July. They join their mainstream peers in a week long residential, which is complemented by an additional week where they collectively develop a social action project in the local community. A fantastic additional opportunity we have developed with the Greater Manchester NCS team for our students.
At Key Stage 2 – The Childrens’ Adventure Farm Trust
Where; The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, Millington, Cheshire.
“10 acres of amazing facilities suitable for children of all ages and abilities. The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is a haven, providing a wealth of activities designed to entertain and challenge children in a supportive environment.”
When; The pupils usually visit CAFT during the summer term.
How long; The pupils visit for two or three days and sleep over for one/two nights.
Typical activities undertaken;
- Arts and crafts in the art room
- Play time in the sports hall with the inflatables, ball pool, air hockey and diddy cars.
- Time in the games room- X box and Wii
- Opportunities to explore the sensory room and UV room.
- Making music with a range of instruments in the music room
- Outdoor play on the activity playground,
- Visiting the animals such as alpacas, dinky donkeys and miniature goats
- Complete the sensory trail,
- Visit to the galleon
- Slip ‘n’ slide.
At Key Stage 3- Bendrigg in South Lakeland
‘The Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities’
Where; The Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre in the Lake District.
When ; Spring term annually
How long; 3 days and 2 nights
Typical activities undertaken;
- Rock climbing
- Ropes course
- Night walks
- Sensory Activities
At Key Stage 4 -The Calvert Trust, Keswick
We have been taking Key Stage pupils to Calvert Trust in the Lake District for nearly 20 years. Set in a stunning location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, the centre is fully accessible throughout, with its own sensory pool, modern stables and state-of-the-art boathouse at separate nearby locations. We endeavour to access as many activities as possible out in the wider Lake District, so that our pupils also get to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Our focus is on teamwork, challenge and personal development, so pupils gain a great sense of satisfaction and pride at all they have achieved.
When? Spring term.
How long? Five days and four nights
Typical activities undertaken
- Ghyll scrambling,
- All day fell walk, night walk,
- Challenge course
- Swimming in the sensory pool.
At Key Stage 5 – PGL experiences in the North West
Where; Boreatton Hall, Shropshire
When ; May/June each year
How long; Usually for 3 days / 2 nights
Typical activities undertaken; Pupils take part in a variety of activities ranging from abseiling, kayaking, archery, zip wire and quad biking.