Bookings for weekends and in school holidays may be made up to 3 years ahead.
You can also book up to 3 years ahead if you make an Exclusive booking in the Education Centre (62 Primary school pupils and 54 Secondary school pupils). For bookings in the Training Centre, the minimum number for an Exclusive booking is 16 pupils.
For weekdays in term-time, we are now taking bookings for Academic years 2020-2022.
Courses for Sunderland schools, colleges and youth groups are subsidised and are offered at a reduced rate.
Our normal ratios for activity groups are below; our advertised prices for standard courses are based on these ratios. For custom courses, or for groups (such as special schools) requiring a different staffing ratio, we are happy to provide a quotation.
- Primary schools: 1 tutor to 12 participants
- Secondary schools, colleges and youth organisations: 1 tutor to 10 participants
- Targeted youth work, development training, GCSE PE: 1 tutor to 8 participants
Depending upon the number of activity groups required, the price of a standard course is based on a minimum number of participants. For example, a secondary school course with 4 activity groups can have a maximum of 40 participants, and the minimum price is for 35 participants.
If you have a large group, you can book the centre for exclusive use. The minimum number for an Exclusive booking is 62 (primary), 54 (secondary /youth organisation), 43 (targeted youth work, development training, GCSE PE).
Otherwise, you can make an Independent booking (where you may share the centre with another similar organisation) or a Joint booking with another school / college /youth group (where you share the course with them and benefit from the social interaction). A Joint booking can be a good way of keeping the cost down, by ensuring that participant numbers meet the minimum number for activity groups (see above) , and perhaps by sharing transport.
We can also arrange collection from Penrith Train Station.
We provide one free staff place per group. Wherever practically possible we encourage schools to bring a floating member of staff who would normally be the Visit Leader.
For a summary of our courses and prices for schools, please download the relevant document below. To book, please contact us or complete and return the booking form below.
Prices for colleges and youth groups are similar but depend on the nature of the group – please enquire for details.
- Courses and Prices 2020-2021 Primary Schools
- Courses and Prices 2020-2021 Secondary Schools
- Courses and Prices 2021-2022 Primary Schools
- Courses and Prices 2021-2022 Secondary Schools
- Booking form for schools