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Stibbington Centre 30th Anniversary Celebrations

We are very excited at CEES to be approaching the 30th anniversary of Stibbington Residential Centre. In May 1988 the current building was opened by its first guests, pupils from Eyrescroft Primary School. Since then the Centre has welcomed thousands of children and their teachers for a Residential Experience. The CEES team would like to invite you join the celebrations at a special Open Day being held on Saturday 12th May 2018. We will be sharing further details as plans develop and arrangements are finalised. Look out for school mailings and keep an eye on our website.

SPECIAL STIBBINGTON MEMORIES – do you have a funny story to tell, a fond memory or photographs of your Stibbington visit to share? We would are keen to hear from past visitors - whether it was last week, last year or 30 years ago - so that we can compile an album of memories as part of the celebration event. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Stibbington Centre on 01780 782386. We look forward to sharing in your memories.

CEES CPD and Events Calendar 2017-18

CEES CPD and Events Calendar for 2017-18 is now available.

CPD includes courses for subject leaders in Primary GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY and SCIENCE, and support for ENGLISH and MATHS outside the classroom.  Forthcoming courses include:

25th September - From the Gruffalo to Kensuke's Kingdom - English in the School Grounds

2nd October - Puzzles, Problems, Numbers and Nature - Maths in the School Grounds

4th October Leading Primary History

11th October - Leading Primary Geography

15th January - Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

17th January - Assessment in Geography and History

22nd January - Seasonal Science

13th June - Embedding British Values through primary Geography and History

15th June - Learning outside the Classroom

 To book visit the Cambridgeshire Learn Together Website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01780 782386.

Share your Stibbington Smiles

We are delighted to announce the launch of our the “Stibbington Smiles” photograph competition for Schools. Help us capture the fun and excitement of your visits to us during the 2016-17 academic year for a chance to receive a £50 voucher towards a Stibbington visit of your choice. To enter either take a look through photographs from recent trips to us (within the last 12 months) or be sure to take some when you next visit. Your smiley photographs need to be in a high resolution format (300dpi or above) and will be used as part of our gallery of changing seasons which will feature on our website.

There are four categories: Spring (March/April/May), Summer (June/July), Autumn (September/October/November), Winter (December/January/February). Entries should be emailed to us, marked with the title “Stibbington Smiles” and the category. Judging will take place by the end of September. Entry submission confirms that you are happy for us to use the photograph submitted in future marketing campaigns and on our website.

Have you booked your residential for 2017-18?

If you haven’t yet booked your residential for 2017-18 now is the time to do so! A winter residential provides all the widely recognised benefits of outdoor learning at a lower price, with prices starting at just £82 for a three-day/two-night course. OurWinter Residential’ flyer provides ideas on themed programmes with learning experiences carefully selected for the season. All programmes are tailor made for each school and we will guide you through the process of booking and planning for your visit.

With pricing starting at just £82 per child for a three day, two night visit, there’s no better time to visit us.

If this is of interest, please contact us to discuss pricing and availability.

We would be delighted to hear from you




5* for Crunchy Carrot Cafe

We are delighted that the Crunchy Carrot Cafe has maintained its 5* rating in its latest Food Hygiene Inspection.

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Friday Bridge and Elm Primary Schools discover energy at Coldham Wind Farm thanks to Whitemill Local Environment Fund

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Thanks to support from Fenland District Council through the Whitemill Local Environment Fund, classes from Elm and Friday Bridge Primary Schools were able to benefit from environmental education courses led by CEES teachers.    The project offered schools in the Whitemill area visits to Coldham wind farm along with workshops in schools on themes such as renewable energy, habitats, minibeasts, rocks and rivers.   Feedback from the classes was excellent from both children and teaching staff.  “Coldham is a great base for learning outside and the children’s knowledge of Energy has greatly increased.   Since returning to School the children have been able to write a more informed piece on how wind turbines work and the pros and cons of Wind Farms.” Teacher, Elm Primary.  “The visit was really fun.  I can’t pick my favourite section but I learnt a lot.” Pupil, Elm Primary.    Further details on workshops and energy related visits to Coldham are available on our website.


Looking to develop the skills of your Young Leaders?

Our Young Leaders’ Convention will take place at the Stibbington Centre on 29-30th January 2018. This 2 day residential programme is suitable for KS2 students involved in any aspect of leadership at school, for example, Eco or School Council.

The programme includes:

  • Opportunities for team building, problem solving, debating, applying thinking skills and personal development
  • Sharing good practice and networking with other Schools
  • Indoor and outdoor activities, including a visit to the Stibbington Lakes Nature Reserve
  • A chance for children to develop ideas and skills to take back to School
  • Tasty meals provided throughout!

For further information, download our information leaflet or to make a booking call 01780 782386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brilliant Residentials 2016

Five years of research by Learning Away has identified that a well-designed and inclusive residential, with opportunities to experience a wide range of new and memorable experiences can;

  • Improve students’ engagement with learning
  • Support students’ achievement
  • Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being
  • Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation

Read the full report here; http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/

To support the development of these outcomes, for all young people, a campaign for Brilliant Residentials was launched on the 26th September 2016.  Brilliant Residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:

  • Planned so that learning is embedded and reinforced back in school
  • Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Evaluated rigorously
  • Supported by senior leadership and school governors

Cambridgeshire Outdoors, a collaboration of Stibbington Centre, Burwell House and Grafham Water Centre, are supporting the campaign for ‘Brilliant Residentials’.  We want to enable young people in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas to experience more high-quality residentials, which can lead to brilliant futures.

The Learning Away website now hosts over 100 good practice case studies, alongside material to help 'make the case' for residential experiences to school leaders, governors, parents and Ofsted. This includes a series of practical resources for teachers and visit leaders, including planning information, activity ideas, downloadable templates, presentations and films.

Learning Away - Making the case for high quality residential learning

Brilliant Residentials Leaflet


  • Community

    We are extending the range of events we hold which are open to the wider community. See below for details of past events and those which may be of interest in the future.