Derwent Hill’s combination of reputation, setting, ambience, support and friendly professional staff is unique. Our approach is based on professional informality, and we pride ourselves on our flexibility, homely atmosphere, good food and inspiring setting.
Derwent Hill holds the Gold Standard of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres. This means that we achieved the Association’s higher standards during the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge inspection process. In our last inspection we received a score of 5/5 in all areas.
The inspection process covers all aspects of the business, from our website and communication materials, through to the quality of accommodation, catering and transport. However, the main reason we choose to undergo the voluntary safety and quality assurance process is that Inspectors observe adventure activities and comment on the quality of experiential learning. This is particularly significant for us as Derwent Hill’s core purpose is to provide High Quality Outdoor Education and Training.
With schools and youth groups, our focus is learning and development. Young people experience real-world learning out on the lake and in the mountains, and an extended family atmosphere. Children, young people and staff from Sunderland experience a real feeling of belonging – for many their parents and even grandparents have been part of the long tradition of Sunderland people coming to Derwent Hill. For further information find out about our approach to learning.
Our Educational Visits Advisory Service is respected and trusted for its experience, support and efficiency.
With corporate clients, the focus is also learning and development. This can be through a training course delivered by our tutors or company trainers – or often both working together in partnership, or through a conference or meeting made outstanding by the wonderful setting. Companies value the fact that their business generates income which allows Derwent Hill to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people. For further information find out about our approach to training.
The combination of a fabulous setting, comfortable accommodation, friendly flexible staff and a range of activities to choose from makes Derwent Hill the ideal place for groups of all types – clubs, extended families, special occasions, etc. – as well as for families or individuals taking part in our open events.