We have undertaken a range of external safety accreditation processes in support of our mission of…
“Using outdoor experiences, special places and adventures to inspire real learning, discovery and development.”
We believe that the four schemes outlined below will help to enable wide participation by young people and adults in quality outdoor experiences, and provide reassurance for customers that our centre’s systems have been externally verified.
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority licences ensure that activity providers follow good safety management practices. Our licence covers the following activities:
- Hill Walking & Mountaineering
- Mine Exploration
- Off-Road Cycling
- Open Canoeing (inland and sheltered tidal water)
- Rock Climbing
For information regarding our delivery of non-licenceable activities please see the provider forms below.
AALA Licence 20 January 2022 – 20 January 2023 (PDF, 0.2mb)
You can find out more information about AALA licensing on the AALA website.
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge
The LOtC Quality Badge is the nationally recognised indicator of good quality educational provision. Our current Quality Badge (No: R2QB103016) is valid until 26th July 2023.
LOtC Certificate R2QB103016 – Thornbridge Outdoors (PDF, 0.2mb)
Adventuremark is a non-statutory safety scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing regulations. Our current Quality Badge (No: AAA101404) is valid until 26th July 2023.
AHOEC Gold Standard Badge
AHOEC’s quality scheme was developed to go beyond the standards set by the LOtC Quality Badge, Adventuremark and AALA. Encompassing not just safety but also the quality of service and learning, the Gold Standard logo provides assurances to participants and customers. Our current Quality Badge is valid until 4th March 2022.
Many local authorities require providers of educational experiences to complete a provider form to assure that they meet required safety standards and policies. Please download a copy of our completed provider form.
Visiting Staff Led Activities
Many of our activities can be led by visiting staff and we have resources available to support these. In order to lead groups on our low ropes course and on our bikes, staff are required to have attended an induction course. To book places on these courses please ask the staff involved to visit our Visiting Staff Induction & Training Courses page, select a course date and complete the booking enquiry form at the bottom of the page. The low ropes and biking leader induction courses are not designed to assess visiting staff members’ skills and aptitude.
It is the responsibility of the school / academy to ensure that appropriate insurance is in place to cover visiting staff led activities, that assigned staff are suitably experienced & skilled and that the activities are led properly.