Years 5 and 6 were incredibly excited to have their first residential experience in many years. For some this was their first ’proper’ residential! The children have had a fabulous time over three days. As you can see from the pictures, it was an action packed time and the children smiled and laughed no end, as well as challenged themselves!

We enjoyed activities such as indoor climbing and zip-lining, a low ropes course, stream scrambling, canoeing and abseiling. Phew. As well as all those activities each day, Duke’s Barn is a stunning setting in the heart of the Peak District, and we all enjoyed some free time outside in the sunshine at the end of each day. We even had time for a bedtime story each night (we are teachers after all) and a birthday cake celebration one night. No wonder everyone was so tired when we got back!

The staff from Willow Brook and Duke’s Barn were very impressed with the courteous and cooperative nature of the children and it made the whole thing a really pleasant and positive experience for everyone. The children slept really well (especially the second night!) and really engaged with all the challenges different activities presented. They should really be proud of themselves! We are.