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Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre

What will students see and do?

Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre has provided outdoor learning and adventurous activities for over 50 years. It is owned and run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and is considered one of the ‘jewels in the crown’ by the local authority.

The centre is located on 30 acres of land, comprising buildings, extensive camping fields and some of the richest and most diverse woodland in Staffordshire. Stanley Reservoir is also situated on the edge of the centre, offering an excellent natural resource that the centre can use for a variety of activities and challenges.

Due to the diverse nature of Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre’s programmes, there really is something for everybody. Visiting students can enjoy a real mixture of activities, courses and programmes, including out-and-out activity days and carefully planned sessions that link to the school curriculum.

The adventure activities available include abseiling, archery, axe throwing, weaselling, bushcraft, campfire, canoeing, kayaking, caving, challenge walls, climbing, crate stacking, expeditions, high all aboard, high ropes, hill walking, mountain biking, nightline, orienteering, rifle shooting, raft building, stand up paddleboarding, team building and woodland challenges.

Staff’s level of involvement is also up to you – you can use the activities and qualified staff to offer your young people a fantastic opportunity to discover hidden talents and abilities in themselves and those around them, or you can simply use the site as a base and take advantage of its accommodation and locality.

Teaching resources provided

Get in contact to discuss your curriculum objectives and the sorts of learning resources Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre may be able to provide.

Minimum and maximum group size

There is enough indoor accommodation for groups of up to 71 at any one time.

Details of risk assessment

Get in contact to request.


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Facilities on-site

The accommodation is split across three dormitories: Myatt House, Hargreaves Room (sleeps 16) and Ainslie Room (sleeps 22). All have their own shower and toilet facilities. Tents can be utilised if you need additional sleeping space, for up to 100.

Opening times

The site is open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Schools have been coming to Stanley Head for over 50 years, with two to ten schools visiting every other week of the school term and holidays. Most stay for five days, making the most of the full-board accommodation, but the team can accommodate any length of visit that suits your needs, from a three-hour session to full weeks.



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Travel arrangements

Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre is based in the Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District. Get in contact if directions are needed.


Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre, Tompkin Road, Stanley, Stoke-on-Trent

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