Every year, St. Aidan's are extremely fortunate to have an Outward Bound® outdoor residential experience for our Year 5 and 6 pupils at Ullswater in the Lake District.

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to provide life-changing educational courses and unique experiences for young people. 

The National Curriculum states young people should experience ‘learning outside the classroom’. The results of taking our pupils into a different environment and encouraging them to work better as a team, build self-confidence and take personal responsibility are outstanding. The difference back in the classroom, and at home, is often remarkable. 


In February 2023 we were fortunate to receive an Outdoor Essentials Grant of £500 from The Ernest Cook Trust  (https://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/) which contributed towards the transport costs for the residential trip.

We were extremely grateful for their support which helped reduce the cost of the trip for our parents.

The Ullswater centre accommodates 120 people in bunk rooms of 4-10 people. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms and others have toilets and showers adjacent to rooms.

The Outward Bound Trust
Ullswater Centre, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0JL
T: 01768 485000


The Outward Bound Trust say:


Limitations on young people, whether real or perceived, come in all shapes and sizes. But we use the power of learning and adventures in the wild to defeat them all.

We partner with primary schools to teach young people the most important lesson they could ever learn: to believe in themselves.

It’s the superpower that transforms their behaviour throughout school, work and beyond. 

Learning about yourself happens best out in the wild. We take young people away from the everyday life into our world, to give them life-changing experiences they won’t get from home or inside the classroom.

Our tailored outdoor learning courses deliver an alternative education, giving young people the confidence to tackle the real world head on.

Kit List

CLOTHING (Please note this is only an idea of what is required, do not buy things specifically for the trip) All waterproofs, walking boots, wellingtons etc. are provided


  • Casual t-shirts 

  • Thermal tops

  • Jumpers
  • Fleece tops
  • Warm coat
  • Thick and thin socks
  • Tracksuit bottoms or joggers for walking (not jeans) 
  • Jeans/trousers/leggings  (for around the centre only) 
  • 2 pairs of trainers (one which can get wet)
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Shorts
  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Hat and gloves
  • Towel
  • Toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste NO SPRAYS/AEROSOLS
  • Prescribed medication - school need this handing in and not in cases.

 All courses will involve getting wet at some point, so please make sure your child has plenty of spare, dry clothes to change into.

More Information

The centre will supply: waterproofs, wellingtons and activity specific equipment

Your child can bring £5.00 spending money

No mobile phones

Please do not send crisps, biscuits and sweets the cook will cater even for the fussiest of eaters!

Please click on the link below to see a sample menu of food served on the residential:

Sample Menu

Outward Bound 2024

Parents/Carers of pupils in the current Years 4 and 5 will have received a text message letter/form regarding this exciting residential trip taking place from 18th March 2024 – 22nd March 2024. This trip has been heavily subsidised bringing the cost per pupil down from £513.75 to £180.00.

Here is the PowerPoint from the parents meeting held on Thursday 22nd February. 

Outward Bound Parent's meeting 22nd Feb 2024

If you would like any more information, please click on the link below or contact the school office.