Secondary Schools

At Plas Gwynant we are proud of having more than 50 years of experience of providing outdoor education courses for secondary schools.

Typically our courses are based around a mix of activities that are adventurous, progressive, innovative, challenging and exciting.  The activities themselves often require commitment, endeavour and resilience. As a result, many young people develop leadership qualities and grow in self-confidence and self-respect.  No matter what the activity, staff recognise that every person has a different start point and will need support to enable them to progress and achieve as much as possible.  By using real life settings and experiences, young people have the opportunity to develop an understanding of risk and consequence in a stimulating and challenging environment.


We work closely with schools to identify what outcomes they would like to achieve during their course, below are a selection of ‘typical’ course outcomes.

  • Personal and Social development
  • Curriculum support –
    • GCSE, A Level, BTEC PE Adventurous Activities modules
    • GCSE & A level photography coursework
    • Gifted and talented students
    • Fieldwork opportunities for science and geography
  • Reward
  • John Muir Award accredited outcome
  • Transitional skills (KS2-3 and KS 3-4)
  • Activity skills development
Irrespective of the aim of any course, we always make sure we provide opportunities for the following:

  • Personal and social development
  • First hand experiential learning
  • Key skills and thinking skills development
  • Environmental awareness
  • Activity skills development
  • Healthy lifestyle choices





What previous groups have said:


“An aspiring moment came with the level of knowledge and quality of storytelling.  Mel’s description of children working in mines was particularly inspiring.”

Ivanhoe School, March 2015

“Really impressed by inspiring of students through place knowledge, scenary, activities, teamwork, everything.”

Rushy Mead School, Leics, Sept 2014

“We have children with complex behaviours, these were dealt with sensitively and centre staff were supportive and understanding of our approaches and needs”

Old Park SEN School, Dudley Sept 2014

“Thanks for your outstanding support, flexibility and friendliness.  One of the best trips I’ve been on.  Thank you.”

Rawlett School,  June 2014.  KS4 Geography field studies trip.

“An interesting and very enjoyable visit with Old Park and hopefully not the last, we hope to work with Old Park as a direct result of this week for the benefits of both sets of students.”

Phoenix Collegiate College March 2014

“Bringing a groups of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties away for the first time was a challenge which with the support of the Plas staff we were able to provide opportunities to our pupils which otherwise would have been missed out on.”

Old Park School, Dudley March 2014

“For the teachers , it was a super field trip….. We had the opportunities to work alongside highly skilled and super-qualified  ‘keen bean’ Plas Gwynant instructors, who welcomed us into their world without reservation.”

Forres Sandle Manor, Hampshire Oct 2013