Awarded - The Gold Standard Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Turn your back

If you turn your back for too long at the centre then once you look back Matt our site agent has no doubt built something new.

This time the last section of our equipment stores has been updated and it looks grand.

Having a top notch stores with top notch kit is importance to us and is one of the Blue Peris many strengths.

Our recent AALA inspector sated " one of the best equipped stores I have seen "

Nice to get great feedback.

I wonder what Matt will have done once we look again.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Gorgeous day!

This week we have some very active students who are one time, with all their kit and even brought a brilliant attitude too! This meant we were all leaving the centre early this morning for some adventure.

Big smiles in the machine.
 Two groups were in the Gorge today and had a whale of a time splashing around on the slides and under the waterfalls, they even got to jump in the lake at the end! But it wasn't all just fun, the groups are also working on their communication skills and were actually leading each other up the gorge under the watchful eye of the instructors.

Cracking photo!

What goes up...
 The remaining two groups headed up into the mountains where they made the best of a small weather window and headed to the summits in the sunshine! Today was a great day to enjoy the views and help others who maybe needed a little more encouragement on the walk up the mountains.
Everyone worked hard and was successful, the whole team summiting together made for a great experience the young people won't forget!
Mountain fun!

Summit Fever!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Terrific Tuesdays

What a start to the week for out group of year 6's today.

All our groups went climbing and canoeing, and applied a lot of suncream.
In climbing two groups scaled the rock cliffs at Lion's Rock and Union Crag, all working really well in their groups.
Whilst the canoeing groups enjoyed a paddle around on Llyn Paddarn getting slightly wet at the end. Lots of games were played and lots of challenges were accepted. Before we switched the groups round. Even some of our afternoon groups tried out some tandem canoeing!

Look at them climbers go!

Section of tandem canoeing just to finish the day.

Bombs away

Rafted canoe adventures.

Well your suppose to move your feet down as you abseil down the wall but some people prefer to do alternative methods.

Excellent tight rope there with our belay team working fantastically.

So we did get a little bit wet.

Great start for the week and work towards our aims; teamwork, communication, to understand and push their limitations, and most important of all, to have fun!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Gold has arrived

This week we passed our Gold Learning Outside the Classroom Inspection. 

This quality badge is a voluntary option for Outdoor Education Centres and demonstrates a standard classed as excellent in view of learning, teaching, customer care, facilities  management, safety, environmental concerns and quality assurance.

Many other organisations gain The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge but not at Gold Standard. This is the highest level of award that can be gained within Outdoor Education / Adventure.

Out of all the outdoor centres within the UK there are only 60 that have attained the Gold Standard Badge and Blue Peris was one of the first Outdoor Education centres to gain Gold Approval when it was launched over 4 years ago. 

The award is overseen by the Association Heads of Outdoor Education Centres ( AHOEC ) of which the centre is a member. Again this membership is voluntary but we believe it's important to strive to offer the highest provision to young people.

"AHOEC Centres have been at the forefront of delivering innovative, real, and exciting outdoor learning experiences to young people across the UK for over 50 years. This has been achieved by successfully promoting all-round personal development through outdoor education and residential experience"

The award offers numerous benefits to our customers, one of the main outcomes is that many LEA recognise the badge, the result being that schools have to complete less documentation and the process of gaining trip approval is more simple.

We are very proud as a centre and company to have been awarded it for another 2 years and it demonstrates Blue Peris and Fusion Lifestyles vision and commitment to offer the very highest quality at an affordable cost.