6 Benefits of an Autumn/Winter School Residential Trip

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6 Benefits of an Autumn/Winter School Residential Trip

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As summer fades and the school doors swing open once again, the idea of a school residential trip might not be the first thing on your mind. However, behind the scenes at our activity centres – Alltnacriche, Gowanbank and Lendrick Muir – our teams are busy preparing to welcome schools throughout the autumn and winter months.

These residential trips are more than just a break from the norm. They offer pupils the opportunity to step beyond the confines of the classroom, immersing themselves in experiential learning and creating memories that last a lifetime – shaping their classroom experience for the rest of the school year.

We believe the sooner a residential experience takes place in the school year, the greater the benefits.
– Learning Away programme

The Learning Away programme has collected a wealth of evidence highlighting the benefits of kickstarting the school year with a residential trip. Take a look at the 6 benefits they found of taking pupils on an autumn/winter residential:


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1: Boost resilience and wellbeing

Residentials improve resilience, confidence and wellbeing. Teachers find that pupils are more willing to try something new and ask for help, push themselves and participate in class.

87% of secondary school pupils reported feeling more confident to try new things following a residential experience


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2: Increase engagement with learning

The impact of residentials on student engagement with learning is undeniable. Schools have witnessed positive shifts in behavior and attendance, attributing these improvements to the newfound enthusiasm for learning instilled during autumn/winter residential trips.

72% of primary pupils attested that their behaviour at school is better after a residential


3: Embed learning back in school

Commencing the year with a residential trip provides ample time to solidify learning and growth within the classroom setting. The profound impact of the trip resonates long after its end, contributing to sustained academic progress and achievement.


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4: Foster deeper relationships

The sooner a teacher can get to know their new pupils, the sooner they can help ‘set them up for success.’ Strong relationships between pupils and teachers are built on residentials, leading to higher levels of trust and respect back in the classroom. Pupils get to know their teachers as individuals, and school staff gain a better understanding of their pupils and how to respond to them.

79% of primary school pupils said they know their teacher better as a result of their residential


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5: Discover new learning opportunities

The extended nights and shorter days of autumn and winter unveil a host of unique outdoor learning possibilities, such as nocturnal hikes, stargazing sessions, and bat detecting.


6: Greater return on investment

Autumn/winter residential trips are often more affordable, making the experience more accessible to everyone and giving schools a greater return on investment. Get in touch to discuss the autumn/winter residential costs at our centres.


There’s still time to book an autumn/winter residential trip at one of our centres.

Reach out to us via phone, email, or our online enquiry form to start planning an unforgettable residential experience. Let us help you shape your pupils’ growth, resilience, and lifelong memories this academic year.