Whether your child is coming to stay at How Hill overnight, or visiting for the day, you may have questions or concerns.
Hopefully this section will help:
The children’s safety is our main concern in everything that we do. How Hill has operated as an environmental education centre since 1968 so the whole site is set up with keeping children safe in mind. All our activities have been thoroughly tested and risk assessed and we have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in recognition of our high standards in safety and education. Schools staying at How Hill have the house and gardens to themselves and will not share facilities with other groups (except for during a short change-over period).
All How Hill staff are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB Criminal Records Bureau.) Read more about our lovely staff.
Food and Drink
All our food is freshly made in our kitchens – just like proper home cooking, but on a larger scale. We provide schools with a menu of healthy, child-friendly meal options to choose from. We are used to catering for special dietary requirements and allergies, but please make sure that the teacher planning your trip is aware of these well in advance so that the necessary arrangements can be made. Our kitchen has a five star hygiene rating.
We provide regular snack and drink stops throughout the day in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner. We warm the children up with hot chocolate after chilly winter boat trips and make sure they drink plenty of water in the summer.
All our bedrooms are warm and clean, with shared bathrooms nearby. Many rooms are dormitory style with several beds, but there are no bunk beds. There are no locks on any doors – except toilet doors. We have recently added cosy blackout curtains to increase children’s and teachers’ chances of a good night’s sleep! All bedrooms have nightlights. Have a look around the house here.
All our beds have waterproof mattress protectors. If bedwetting is a possibility please tell the teacher planning your trip so they can discreetly keep an eye on things.
Please send your child with old clothes as they will get dirty. Lots of layers are a good idea, especially in winter, when they will also need gloves and a hat. Even in summer the weather can change quickly so please provide warm and waterproof clothes just in case. Download a suggested kit list.
We do have a small gift shop with items ranging from 50p to £5. Your school will tell you if they plan to use the shop and their policy for spending money.
Children with special needs
How Hill is a brilliant place, and we want everybody to have the chance to visit and get involved as much as they can. We do everything we can to adapt our programme and activities to include children with learning and physical needs as much as possible, and we offer free adult places to those providing one-to-one support.
Please talk through any concerns you have with the teacher planning your trip in the first instance, or contact Lizzy Ames, Education Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.