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Y6 Dorset Adventure

Y6 residential visit

Year 6 traditionally have some time away together on a residential visit.  We start preparations for this when children are in Year 5 and we have a monthly payment scheme to support parents in spreading the cost of the visit.


Our visit to Dorset takes place in the Summer term of Year 6, after the SATs exams.  Dates and providers can change each year.  In 2024 and 2025 we are staying at the Cumulus Outdoor Education Centre, Swanage, Dorset.

The cost of the visit will change each year but is usually around £440.  Parents can pay in instalments. This visit is subsidised by the school budget. Children in receipt of pupil premium gain an additional subsidy.

The visit will give the children a chance to be together to celebrate their time at St Cecilia's in anticipation of their transfer to high school.

Our activity programme will be led by Cumulus Education, a company based in the heart of Swanage. They have an experienced team of group leaders and instructors who are fully qualified in outward bounds activities, they train outdoor activity staff from across the UK.

They will lead the day's activities from just after breakfast to 9pm each night, we will have use of their coach provider to gain access to the forest, castle and train station. Our school staff will remain with groups to offer pastoral support and leadership and to join in the activities with the children.  Our school group will be led by Mrs Buckley, she will be accompanied by a number of school staff with a ratio of 1:12.

We will travel to Dorset by coach, the journey takes around two and a half hours, we will stop on the way down at a site of interest to make the most of our journey.


Y6 Residential


We have chosen a visit which has a range of activities to suit the children, we will confirm these with you nearer the time:
  • Kayaking and paddleboarding in a Dorset lake
  • Visit to the Dorset Waterpark and Mud trail
  • A day of bushcraft
  • A visit to Corfe Castle and a ride on the steam train.

We aim to arrive late morning on the Monday, in time for lunch.

We will leave after lunch on the Friday arriving back at school early evening from 5-6pm.  Our arrival time is dependent on the traffic, we keep in touch with parents on the way back to school via Class Dojo.

Details for the 2025 Residential are shown below.

At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.