Whitby's Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ

Ravenstor Residential!


This week, Hawthorn Class have been on an exciting adventure to YHA Ravenstor in Buxton. All of the children pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and challenged themselves to learn new skills and try new activities. Here’s the story of our fantastic trip:


We arrived safely to the YHA hostel and were thrown straight into some outdoor activities that involved being blindfolding or tangled up in ropes! These games required the children to work as a team and use their problem solving skills. Following this, the children enjoyed settling into their new rooms and had chance to unpack before a delicious home cooked meal! After our dinner, we wrapped up warm and set out on a night hike – equipped with wellies and torches. Hiking in the dark made it even more of an adventure!


We filled up on breakfast and set out in the minibuses to the Longshaw Estate, part of the Peak District National Park. When we arrived, we strapped into our harnesses and helmets and set about scaling the crag! The children showed grit, determination and resilience and lots of them challenged themselves to go higher than they had originally planned – a few children even made it to the top!

After refuelling, we drove to a lake in which the children were tasked with building their own raft. The children worked fantastically together to design and construct sturdy rafts that would hold each team. They were then put to the test and both teams had to race to the boat and back seeing if they stayed afloat! Luckily, both rafts made it back to shore successfully. In the evening, the children had to become detectives and complete an Alex Ryder themed treasure hunt, following clues which led them around the grounds in order to crack the code. It’s safe to say all teams were very competitive! We enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows to celebrate our final night at YHA Ravenstor.


The final morning saw Hawthorn class develop their map reading skills as they embarked on an orienteering course. They also had the opportunity to perfect their aim at the archery range. Well done to those who managed to get bullseye! After an exciting few days a very tired coach full of pupils set off back to Oak View Academy to tell friends and family of our fabulous adventure. We are very proud of how well the children represented the school and threw themselves into every activity with great enthusiasm.