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Blairvadach Schools

Our highly regarded outdoor education courses provide the perfect platform to face new challenges, develop new skills and get ready for the next stage in a young person’s life. All of our school courses clearly link to curriculum outcomes flexibly tailored to your school’s specific needs. Your pupils will have a truly memorable experience and you will notice the difference in them.

Primary Schools

The primary programme at Blairvadach is designed primarily for P7 children who are about to make the transition to secondary school. The focus of the programme is personal and social development through outdoor education. Courses are of a multi activity format allowing children to experience many outdoor activities. The day time activities are supported by an evening programme which includes teamwork and reviewing. This encourages children to reflect on their own performance and take forward their own personal and social development.

Courses are designed to meet level 2 outcomes in Health and Wellbeing, Social Studies and Science outlined in Curriculum for Excellence.

Courses are generally run over five days, three full days and a half day on Monday and Friday.

Because of the nature of the course and to permit access to varied types of challenging conditions and terrain, the group ratio is maintained at 1:8 with the same instructor staying with the group all week. The favourable ratio and the same instructor with the group enable very important bonds to be formed both between children in the group and also between the children and their instructor. If ratios allow, visiting school staff are welcome to join their pupils on the activities.

Secondary Schools

Adventurous Development Residential Course

The secondary programme at Blairvadach is focused on S3 and S4 year groups where pupils are starting to make choices as to the direction they might want to go after leaving school. The adventurous programmes focus on one or two chosen outdoor disciplines and work towards a national award. The day time activities are supported by an evening programme which encourages children to investigate further the discipline they have chosen to follow.

Courses are designed to meet many of the stage 3 and 4 Health and Wellbeing outcomes outlined in Curriculum for Excellence.

Courses are generally run over five days, three full days and a half day on Monday and Friday.

Because of the specialist nature of the courses and to permit access to varied types of challenging conditions and terrain, the group ratio is maintained at 1:6 with the same instructor staying with the group all week. If ratios allow, visiting school staff are welcome to join the pupils on the activities.

Supported Study Courses

Blairvadach provides the perfect location to provide a supported study experience. Working alongside school teaching staff Blairvadach provides classrooms, ICT equipment, and break out space for focused study sessions. The supported study can be complimented with fun outdoor activities providing a holistic learning experience in a unique environment.

Additional Support Needs and Pupils with Disabilities

Blairvadach has been supporting people with disabilities in outdoor education for over 40 years. We provide bespoke courses for schools and groups with a range of additional needs. Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that everyone is able to participate and achieve their potential no matter what challenges they face.

Adaptive Capacity and Experience

We offer many of our activities with adaptive capacity, thus enabling all visitors to participate and achieve their personal best. Our well-trained staff have extensive experience of working with groups with mixed needs and abilities.

Booking Your School into Blairvadach

Schools who are not part of Glasgow City Council should contact the centre to enquire about availabilty. admin@blairvadach.org.uk or call 01436 820 491.

Glasgow Schools are invited each September to note their interest in accessing the service for the following academic year. Once we have gathered the data on all the interested schools, spaces are allocated through the following selection criteria:

Sort 1 (This sort fills most of the places). Those schools who have not been allocated a place at Blairvadach for the longest period of time will be given priority.

Sort 2 (To fill the remaining full year group spaces). Those schools who have not been allocated a place at Blairvadach for an equal amount of time will be ranked by their SIMD. The higher your school is ranked, the more likely you are to receive a place.

Sort 3 (Topping up weeks where we are not quite full). This sort is a backfill of all weeks where we have not reached capacity. This sort is solely based on the number of participants you will be bringing to Blairvadach. This sort does give smaller year groups a greater chance of allocation but is best use of the centre resources.

To book during academic year

Application forms released

Applications return deadline

Applicants notified by

Application Form

2018/2019

6th Sept  2017

28th October 2017

1st December 2017

Closed

2019/2020

1st October 2018

26th October 2018

3rd December 2018

Closed

2020/2021

5 th Sept 2019

25th October  2019

6th December  2019

Closed