St Augustine’s Residential Trip in late September 

Here at UKSA we are renowned for providing first-class residential visits with activities such as dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing, but sometimes rain and wind can be offputting for anyone considering taking children out on the water. This September we were visited by a school group from St Augustine’s who had a wonderful time, despite the teachers’ worries about the adverse weather.

St Augustines Kayaking with an instructor

Adapting activities to suit the elements

“We have been coming to UKSA for four years,” said a teacher. “It suits us to have a residential visit at the beginning of the academic year because teachers can get to know children as individuals, out of school. Soft skills developed on the visit are then taken back to the classroom, so the school benefits from the whole class working as a team throughout the academic year. However, the weather in September isn’t always great. This year our activities had to be adapted because of the weather and the children didn’t even notice!”

Safety – a number one priority

“We were really impressed by the whole experience, from UKSA’s care of the environment to the first-class inclusivity – the instructors were amazing and the children with additional needs participated in every single activity. Teachers were also classed as participants and could join in the activities. Because of the instructor to student ratio being 1:6, we knew that the children were safe at all times. Safety is a very important factor to us.”

Nobody wanted to go home

“There is continuity year on year and great pre-visit information, which makes the trip easier to organise. Because we keep returning, we have seen some of the instructors rise up through the ranks at UKSA. We really enjoy seeing them as they are full of enthusiasm and expertise. The kitchen staff are also very friendly and the food is superb – all our dietary requirements were met and nothing was too much trouble. All in all, UKSA provided a wonderfully safe and secure environment, which was also very practical for a group of children. And at the end of our visit, nobody wanted to go home!”

The Isle of Wight is a popular school trip destination. Click here to discover more about residential schools trips