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Plas Pencelli Outdoor Education Centre

What do we offer?

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Week long courses of residential Outdoor Educational Activity at Swindon’s Outdoor Education Centre located in the Brecon Beacons of South Wales. Courses are for school students, other young people and adults.

There is great personal and social gain for young people of all abilities. Courses are available to all schools and academies.

Activities include canoeing, climbing, caving, gorge walking, hill walking, and mountain biking. HMI have recognised the academic benefits of Outdoor Education. OFSTED reports frequently make favourable comment about attendance on one of our courses and are always pleased to see pupil premium funds committed in this area.

Each course can be individually designed to best suit the needs of a particular school. We can also help train school staff, provide well organised D of E camping facilities, undertake safety audits of climbing walls and other school outdoor provision, provide “outdoor and environmental learning cards” training days and offer formal and informal advice on outdoor issues.

Why choose us?

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Plas Pencelli aspires to be one of the best LA Outdoor Education Centres and is one of the outstanding Outdoor Education Centres in Britain.

The focus is on child development. Modern high standard equipment is used and much personal equipment provided so those attending don’t need to buy extras.

Real activities at real venues are used rather than using man made structures, such as climbing walls.

Transport is with a modern well maintained minibus fleet.

Accommodation is clean and warm and meals are tasty and more than sufficient.

The staff team are professional, highly qualified and caring. The Centre receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from visiting staff and students.   

What is provided free?  

This is a wholly traded service to all schools and academies. However, visiting staff attend free on a ratio of one per activity group plus one, and staff working on a 1 to 1 basis are able to attend for free. There is also no charge for consulting with the Centre on a casual basis, to discuss your outdoor needs.  

What is chargeable?

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There is a charge for this service, for all schools and academies. As course fees largely depend on parental contributions, charges are the same for all Swindon schools. However, all schools outside of Swindon are charged at a higher rate.

All places are charged according to the standard pricing structure depending on the length of stay and nature of the activity week. The only extras would be for “Record of Achievement” journals and visits to 3rd party providers such as the local leisure centre.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

Bookings are made directly with Plas Pencelli and are individually accommodated and designed. Liaison at this stage allows the best arrangements to be made. Agreement is secured by booking form.

Bookings are taken up to 2 years in advance. A deposit of 10% of the minimum fee is payable 12 months before the course. The balance is payable within 30 days of the end of the course. The full course fee is payable for cancellations within 4 months of the course.


Contact Point

Peter Blackburn, Head of Centre
Telephone: 01874 665241