Your course leader is your main point of contact, supervising and overseeing your whole school group, with a group leader timetabled in charge of each activity group.

Group leaders are supported by additional instructors on certain activity sessions, by additional staff at bedtime and wake-up periods, and by night duty staff overnight.

We aim to provide teachers with the opportunity to get involved at a level that suits them. Robinwood staff take charge and run activity sessions from 9.00am to 9.00pm each day. There are roles that teachers can take within activity sessions to be involved to some degree if they choose, but most teachers love the opportunity to be able to stand back and observe how children perform, how they respond to different challenges, how they work as a team and what they achieve over their time at Robinwood. We aim to take the pressure off, whilst still recognising the responsibility teachers have when taking children on a residential visit and working with each party leader to ensure a level of involvement they want.

When the group leader’s day finishes at 9.00pm, the course leader for your school will do a review of the day with all the children, whilst they have a drink and snack before bedtime.

Bedtime staff will generally have been involved with groups through the late afternoon and evening, typically assisting on activity sessions and/or assisting at meal times. Bedtime staff work alongside night duty staff from 9.00pm to 10.30pm, by which time children will be in bed with lights out settling down for sleep. Night duty staff are on duty from 9.00pm to 9.00am. All dormitories have a button that children can press if they need assistance from night duty staff for whatever reason. Pressing this button will indicate on a pager held by night duty staff which dormitory needs assistance.

As well as being available on call through the call assistance buttons, night duty staff will also patrol the dormitory corridors on a regular basis to ensure dormitories are quiet overnight, providing children and teachers with the opportunity to get some much needed sleep.

The wake-up staff team come in early to join with night duty staff supervising the children as they get up, prepare for the day and go for breakfast.

We have staff timetabled throughout, to ensure that your stay at Robinwood is as smooth and worry free as possible, but are also very keen to ensure that you have the level of involvement that you want at all times.

What Schools say about trips to Robinwood

We really appreciate all the recommendations we get from schools who have visited Robinwood and the number of schools who come for the first time as a result of recommendations from friends and colleagues. We are constantly updating the comments from schools who have recently attended a Robinwood Course. The schools that attend come from areas of the Midlands, throughout the North of England and up into Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it, See what they have to say about robinwood. For more testimonials and recommendations visit our Highly Recommended Page.

"Everything is really well thought out already and we are always impressed by the quality of organisation, staff, food, safety, activities. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again. Overnight Supervision - Really helpful with children who were homesick beyond the normal amount - made time to chat to them."

Ralph Butterfield Primary School, York