The high quality outdoor education delivered at Storey Arms will have a positive impact on visiting young people, an impact that is often life changing. Being in the outdoors brings benefits such as health and well-being, stimulating curiosity and developing an appreciation of the world that surrounds them.
The benefits of a residential experience or visit to The Storey Arms include:
- Improved relationships with others – peers and leaders
- Resilience, self-confidence and well-being
- Impact on achievement
- Impact on transition
- Impact on cohesion
- Impact on knowledge, skills, listening and understanding
You can find out more about the benefits by reading the OEAP guide to High Quality Outdoor Learning
Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel High Quality Outdoor Learning Guide
Young people are challenged and learn to manage risk whilst on activities such as gorge walking, caving, climbing, canoeing or hill walking. Evening activities may include the forest-based string trail, a night walk on the Drovers Road and orienteering/geo-caching.
We cater for:
- primary, secondary and special schools
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Youth organisations
- Further Education colleges
- University groups
- Business teams for ‘away days’ and team building
- Residential – from one night/two day up to five night/six day
- Day visits
Although we have ‘standard’ programmes available, all visits to the Storey Arms are designed to respond to the needs of the group, taking into account the weather on the day.
We also offer bespoke courses for those specific objectives that you may have, such as
- GCSE, BTEC, AS and A Level
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Expedition and Gold Residential
Our hard working staff team is renowned for going that extra mile with all groups to ensure that your objectives are met.
Our centre administration staff will guide you through the booking procedure to confirm your visit and provide you with the resources that you may need to prepare your group.
Roles and Responsibilities
Our experienced staff team takes responsibility for the day and evening activities. Visiting staff look after the pastoral side of the visit.
School visit insurance is recommended for cancellation as a minimum. The centre is covered for Public Liability through Cardiff Council.
All buildings at Storey Arms are maintained and inspected through Cardiff Council for all relevant health and safety areas including legionella, food hygiene standards and fire regulations.
Dormitories of 4 or 6 beds are split over our two linked buildings with leaders’ rooms alongside.
Showers and drying rooms are available at the end of each activity day.
Our fleet of minibuses is regularly inspected (every 12 weeks) and serviced. All are fitted with seat belts. All drivers hold a full D1 entitlement or have an approved Cardiff Council minibus driving test.
All outdoor tutors are highly qualified in all aspects of outdoor education delivery, including first aid.
All members of centre staff hold current Enhanced DBS certificates and Essential Food Hygiene qualifications.
Practical clothing guide
Darker clothes are best for activities. Light clothes may become very dirty and stain.
Clothes that are the best on activities include:
- Fleece clothing
- T-shirts like ‘Skins’ or thin thermal vest – these stay warm when wet
- Slippers or flip flops are great in and around the centre
- Hats and gloves all year around are useful
- Washing up gloves for winter activity days work well!
Tips for packing
We like everyone to go home with everything that they brought with them! We do keep lost property for one month but after this time it disposed of appropriately.
Please encourage parents to:
- Name and label all personal possessions including towels, clothing, water bottles and footwear
- Involve their child in the packing so he/she knows what he/she is bringing – it makes it easier for them to keep track of it!
- Leave the sweets and snacks at home – the food is amazing at the centre!
- Pack a large plastic bag for the wet dirty clothing at the end of the stay
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