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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


Please make sure you leave feedback with us, here is some from other schools:

PRUDHOE SCHOOL - Beautiful location and well laid out

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR SCHOOL - Very well organised, knowledgeable and incredibly helpful.  Lessons very interactive, content tailored to the exam spec

IPSWICH SCHOOL - I have visited other FSC centres and this has to be the best facilities of any

ST WILFRIDS PRIMARY - High standards of tuition, delicious meals, cosy environment, fantastic staff and stunning views.  What more could we ask for?

JOSEPH ROWNTREE - Would definitely recommend Blencathra to other people, very positive experience

ST JOHNS SCHOOL - Flow of teaching was excellent.  Certainly the best course I have bought my students to.


Grundisburgh School Trip to The Lake District

We have been taking our Year 6 children to the Blencathra Centre for the past three years. Before that, I took a class of Year 5/6 children from Tattingstione School in Suffolk for several years going back to the 1990s.

What do the children get from this experience? First of all, for many of the children, this is their first time being away from home and their parents for an extended period of time – so this is a big transition period for them – they are about to start high school in the Autumn Term. So we are encouraging independence, self-help skills, initiative etc.

Next, the children are away from gadgets, screens etc. for an entire week – we don’t let them bring any technology that can allow them to communicate with home. Instead, they are outside, in the fresh air hopefully getting physically tired, dirty, wet, hot and sweaty.

The Lake District offers a starkly contrasting environmental experience for the children – East Anglia is flat, lots of sky, almost exclusively cultivated land etc. Many of the children will never have seen a mountain close up let alone climbed one.

Many of the activities the children engage in are challenging for them – climbing a mountain, canoeing, ghyll-scrambling – they have to over-come fears, anxieties – the trip builds confidence besides being great fun.

One of the strengths of the week is that the children are engaged in fun/adventurous activities but are also learning about conservation/protecting the environment etc. at the same time – they’re having a good time but they’re learning a lot too. They’re learning about how the Lake District came into being, how the land has changed, how it is used.

The range of experiences is very diverse – orienteering, setting humane mammal traps, listening out for bats, finding out about a local farm – and they all demand/develop different types of skills, understanding, attributes, abilities – so working together, over-coming tiredness, being safe. The children are expected to think a lot and not just engage on a physical level with activities.