Throughout their time in the Post-16, where feasible, all students are given the opportunity to take part in a residential visit. Traditionally, we offer trips to two locations during Post-16; The Bendrigg Trust in the Lake District, and PGL Mimosa in the South of France.
The Bendrigg Trust, Lake District
The Bendrigg Trust a Charitable Trust offering residential and day activity courses for groups of disabled and disadvantaged people, of any age or ability. It provides a wide range of outdoor activities led by highly qualified and experienced tutors. Outstanding indoor facilities provide opportunities for active participation in all weather conditions.
Situated in the Lake District, it is primarily aimed at those with more complex and profound needs. Ravenscliffe takes a small group of students each spring, with a favourable staffing ratio, with the trip normally taking place from Monday to Friday.
The visit offers students the opportunity to take part in activities such as Caving, Climbing, Abseiling, Orienteering and Canoeing on Lake Windermere. For more information, visit the Bendrigg Trust's website here
For some more able students, who are perhaps nervous at the prospect of being away from home, the visit to Bendrigg is used as a stepping stone for the overseas trip to PGL Mimosa.
PGL Mimosa, France
Every two years, the school operates a 7 day residential to PGL Mimosa, a dedicated watersports and outdoor activity centre on the Mediterranean Coast in the South of France. The trip is hugely popular, and is one of the most anticipated aspects of the Post-16 provision we have on offer.
Ravenscliffe are the only special needs group to use the centre, and have been returning since our inaugural visit in 2009. The centre is situated a short walk from the beach, where activities such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, banana boating and paddling are available to all. On site, students can access climbing, abseiling, archery and shooting. The action packed week also takes in some local french culture, with trips to local towns, markets and the breathtaking medieval city of Carcassone.
The group sleep in tents, with a nominated member of school staff, and share the site with other mainstream groups with whom long lasting friendships are often bound. For many of the PGL staff, the Ravenscliffe visit is the highlight of their summer due the enthusiasm, excitement, and have-a-go attitude shown by our students.
It really is an incredible week, and one which brings the very best out of our young people. It provides a platform to try new things, experience different cultures and build self-esteem. Students return to school with the fond and happy memories of their week away, and often cannot wait to go again.
For more information visit the PGL Mimosa website here.