Oakfield School
Residential Camp

Residential Camp

Residential Camp

Residential Camp 2023

Day one of our Residential Camp trip we attended Yorkshire Water Park.  At the water park, we did paddle boarding where each person got given tricks to do whilst standing, such as jumping from one leg to the other and a karate kick. The pupil could not stop laughing for the whole of the activity.

The next activity was an inflatable assault course on water. It had obstacles, slides and ledges to jump into the water off. On this activity, the pupils were far more daring than the staff. We all struggled to pull ourselves back up onto the course so we had to form a queue to be pulled back up. After stopping and having some lunch we went on the zip line. Everyone was scared when walking up the stairs to this but once we got up we all enjoyed it and some of us even went a second time. We drove to our cabins and had a BBQ for dinner.

Day two we attended Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We ended up splitting into two groups. The daring people who would be going on the big rides such as The Big one and Revolution and the other group who potentially only went on the Carousel. We all met up after to have a fish and chips for dinner then went into the amusements before traveling back to the cabins. Friday morning was spent cleaning the cabins and strategically packing the cars back up to travel home. Everyone had a lot of fun.

Residential Camp 2022

After a two-year wait due to lockdown and Covid, we were able to reintroduce our annual Summer Residential Camp for the children. In preparation for the visit the children and staff team planned, organised and engaged in some fundraising events to raise some money to help contribute towards the Camp and activities whilst we were there.

The pupils took part in a Car Wash Service, dedicating their own free time to washing staff vehicles to a high standard. A bake sale was extremely successful and very popular with children making their cakes, buns and flapjacks. Throughout several weeks of evening activities, the children completed the ‘High Hunsley Circuit’, a 25-mile walk around the East Riding countryside and villages collecting sponsorship for their efforts and achievement.

Our accommodation was Halton Gill Bunk Barn within the Yorkshire Dales, set within the shadow of Penn-y-Ghent, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Children and staff enjoyed either swimming or foot golf for their first planned activity on day one. After arrival at Camp and a BBQ tea, the full group travelled to Malham Cove and walked up to the epic Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall. This was an eye-opener for the children and some of the staff team, having never seen a place like it before.

Day two was a full action-packed day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where all children had full access to all the rides for the entire day. Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed spending time with each other and testing their limits on some of the rollercoasters.

A late arrival back at the barn for a chill-out evening playing games and having hot chocolates, in preparation for an early start on Friday, packing up and heading back to school.

The Camp was successful, and the children all came away having a positive experience and making memories that they won’t forget. Children are already asking if we are going back next summer to do it all again….

  • Pupil 1:  “It’s just so stunning out here, I’ve never been anywhere like this before”
  • Pupil 2: “I am very proud I didn’t think for one second I would manage but I did just prove I can do it doesn’t it”
  • Pupil 3: “Can we do camp next year before I leave in Year 11”