For Teachers

INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS

Many of our school teams have been coming to us for years, and from all corners of the UK. There is a very personal approach with Rebecca and Mark managing all aspects of your week here. This is our home, and for a week it can become a satellite branch of your school, with all our efforts focussed on the very best week for your team.

For Senior Management

Offer something different to parents and pupils in an ever more competitive time. Each prep school that comes to us with a team of 30+ pupils has the Adventure School, our staff and this amazing wilderness to themselves.

Occasionally we are able to put two smaller Prep School teams together so that schools with less than 30 in a year group can still experience Ardmore.

Offer a springboard to Year 6 or Year 8 leavers or the chance to get the most from Year 7s as they move to positions of responsibility within the school.

Offer a tailored week that echoes your principles and values alongside those of Ridgway Adventure:

  • Self reliance
  • Positive thinking
  • Leave people and places better than you found them

Like many prep schools, we become an extended family for the time that you are with us, with mild mannered, experienced and personable instructors.

You become a part of our team and we become a part of yours.

For teachers leading or joining the trip

We appreciate the pressures on teachers running school trips at the end of a busy year. Our approach helps you with this. You can find more detailed information on travel, safety and accommodation by following the links on this page, but we have found that the following aspects can be particularly important to you as teachers.

St Leonards headmaster and teachers enjoy supper while the children wild camp at the bothy

A personal touch

  • When you pick up the phone or send an email it will be Rebecca who answers and who will help with all aspects of your trip.
  • Mark will come and visit your school to speak to parents and pupils.
  • This is our home. When you arrive it is us who will welcome you.
  • Mark will personally run your course and Rebecca will be there in the mornings and evenings to talk to you and your team.
  • We have a small team of hand-picked, friendly instructors, who arrive at Ardmore a month before any groups do. They become completely immersed in life at Ardmore and share our ethos and enthusiasm for everything that we do here.

Safety

  • Safety is of paramount importance and never overlooked. 
  • We can send you a copy of our AALA license, risk assessments and insurance documents; or come and stay with us at Ardmore for a few days to see the place, meet us and satisfy your requirements for an inspection visit.
  • In over 50 years of adventure courses at Ardmore there have been no serious accidents or injuries.

Establishing a trip to Ridgway Adventure

  • The process is remarkably straightforward. Rebecca will provide you with all the paperwork you need for your school and parents. 
  • Mark can come to your school in the lent term to talk to pupils and parents and answer their questions.

Getting here

  • Travel from the south is easy and affordable. No more than 1.5 hours scheduled flying time to Inverness from most domestic airports with low cost airlines including Easyjet and Flybe or the Caledonian Night Sleeper train service from London Euston to Inverness.
  • We arrange a coach to collect you from the airport for a 2 hour drive along empty roads and through majestic scenery to Ardmore.

Your involvement in the adventures

  • You can be involved in the pupils’ adventures as much or as little as you like. Mark and Rebecca will discuss the programme with you daily and we welcome your input. So there is no need for you to camp if you prefer not to, or to climb if you would rather keep your feet on the ground.
  • We understand that you need some freedom and space too and our team are perfectly happy to work with your pupils alone on the activities.
A Hornsby House School Year 6 team on their ascent of Ben Stack.

The pupils’ evenings are spent with instructors, preparing for the following day or camping out, or under the stars on survival island.

We encourage your staff to take a night off when the pupils go to survival, a chance for an evening meal in peace and quiet.

I wonder if I can actually express here how thankful my husband and I are, that you organise a whole week out of such an incredibly busy term to give our children, I realise now, one of, if not the most, important week of their lives. We said goodbye to a boy a week ago and we have been given back a young man. What an absolutely invaluable platform you have given all of these young adults to start the next stage in their lives with confidence, pride in themselves and the lifetime friends they have made at Brambletye.

Brambletye parent to their Headmaster about the week at Ridgway Adventure – June 2017

When?

Our seasons run from late April to mid September and our courses typically run from a Saturday to the following Friday

What now?

Contact Rebecca by email or on the phone to tell us more about your school and find out about availability. We can come and visit you during our closed season, or we are happy for teachers to visit at any time.

We can also put you in touch with serving Prep School Heads who bring teams to us, to get an independent view on what we do here.

More information

Interested in a course for your school?

Call or email Rebecca to chat about your school and find out more.

Contact Rebecca