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Y5 Residential 2021


The year 5 residential will take place 21st – 25th June 2021 although children will only attend for three days/two nights of this.  Children from 5W will go Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd June and children from 5L will go Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th June.  Wednesday will be the changeover day.


Staffing will be confirmed nearer the time.

Our school staff is supplemented by Charlie Pyatt and Phil Jackson who will lead the caving, and Chris Young who will lead the cycling at Gisburn Forest assisted by Matt Asquith.

Objectives of residential:

  • To provide the children with experience of time away from the family home
  • To develop responsibility for self: room, belongings, preparations for activities, cooking, cleaning, meeting challenges
  • To provide experience of outdoor adventurous activity in the form of caving, off road biking and low-level Dales walking
  • To understand the water cycle, features of rivers and basic geology
  • To improve skills in OS map reading
  • To appreciate some of the history of the Carlisle to Settle railway and Ribblehead viaduct


We will be staying at Gearstones Lodge in the Yorkshire Dales.  Click here for more information on the lodge.


Click here to see the expected itinerary.


Ingleton Waterfall walk

The children will be dropped by minibus at Beezley Café and walk towards Twistleton Hall and join the Waterfall Walk. If the weather is nice, children will get to have a paddle near the end of the walk.

Cycling at Gisburn Forest

The children will spend half a day cycling at Gisburn Forest. Bikes and helmets will be provided. This activity will be led by Chris Young from British Cycling supported by Matt Asquith and school staff.


The children will spend half a day caving at Long Churn caves near Settle. All kit will be provided. This activity will be led by Charlie Pyatt and Phil Jackson with support from school staff.

Night walk

The children will take part in a dusk walk close to the lodge.

River study walk

The children will complete a river study walk to Winterscales Beck.  We expect to sit and watch sand martins in a land sand bank.


Children will travel by school minibus or train.

What do children need to bring?

Click here to see a copy of the recommended kit list.

What next?

A meeting giving full details of the 2021 year 5 residential will be held at nearer the time.

School will prepare the appropriate paperwork for the local authority to approve the trip.  Documents will include: risk assessments, itinerary, kit list, staffing, emergency contact details etc…

A pack of paperwork including parental consent forms and kit order forms will then be sent home to parents.

Risk assessments

Links to the risk assessments for the Year 5 residential can be found below.

Train travel – TO FOLLOW

Minibus – TO FOLLOW

Off Road Biking – TO FOLLOW

Residential walks – TO FOLLOW

Gearstones including cooking – TO FOLLOW

Caving – TO FOLLOW

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