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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 ensures that activity providers follow good safety management practices.  Our current license (No: L14425/R0740) is valid until 20th January 2021 and covers the following activities:

  • Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering
  • Mine Exploration
  • Off-Road Cycling
  • Open Canoeing (inland and sheltered tidal water)
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing

For information regarding our delivery of non-licenseable activities please see the provider forms below.

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 (R2QB103016) is valid until 13th March 2021.

Adventuremark

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 is valid until 13th March 2019.

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 2020.

Provider Form

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.

Insurance

We hold both public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance.

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.

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