Understanding the environment

Experience in the environment

Developing skills through the environment

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Wansford and District Show - 26th August

Do you like to paint, draw, colour, take photos?

Are you good at making things?

How does your garden grow?

The Wansford Show is a great opportunity for children to celebrate their creativity by entering on of the Children's Classes.    Held at the Haycock Hotel from 1pm on 26th August  the show includes a range of fun challenges for all age groups it provides a great day out for the whole family.

Further details at www.wansfordhorticulturalsociety.co.uk or see the information leaflet

Full details of the Children's Classes are available here.


Have you booked your residential for 2017-18?

It’s not too late to book a residential visit to Stibbington in the next academic year. We have a number of dates available and are delighted to launch our new residential flyer which provides four good reasons to consider a residential visit to Stibbington in the Autumn and Spring terms.

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




Win £1500 for your next school trip

ST Awards logo 17-18The School Travel Organiser magazine awards recognise the best venues, attractions and companies for educational visits, so that teachers can organise first class experiences when it comes to learning outside the classroom.

The second annual School Travel Awards initiative has got off to a flying start; find out how to cast your vote, nominate a School Trip Champion or enter your school into the 'My Best School Trip' Award at www.schooltravelorganiser.com/bestschooltrip.

You could win £1500 for your next school trip.   Deadline for entries is 7th July 2017.


5* for Crunchy Carrot Cafe

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

Five start food hygiene sticker




Does your school have NQTs this year or joining you in September?, Would ideas for learning outdoors or extra confidence to lead school visits be useful?

Our short residential course on 16th and 17th June aims to help new teachers to realise the potential of the environment outside the classroom as a rich educational resource, and to gain increased confidence for leading and managing learning experiences outdoors. The course will involve a wide range of practical hands on learning activities in the environment and will also provide an opportunity to appreciate the value of learning in a residential setting.    See our flyer for further details.  Prices start at £60 per person for a shared room, all meals included.

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.


Book your residential visit for 2017-18!

Our residential calendars for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are now open for bookings and are filling up fast.  Our new pricing structure aims to provide additional flexibility for those schools who may wish to consider a visit at an alternative time of year. 

Our stimulating Winter programmes are tailor made to incorporate suitable seasonal activities, whilst still providing the children with the many benefits of a residential visit.  Schools can benefit from a significant financial advantage by visiting at this time, receiving our lowest residential rates starting at £82 per student for a 3 day, two night stay.

To make a booking or if you have any queries, please call us on 01780 782386 or email us at 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

Primary Geography and History Network (GHN)

Support for Geography and History CEES would like to invite schools in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas to subscribe to the Primary Geography and History Network for September 2016 to July 2017.  Details of subject leader meetings in Cambridge and Peterborough, together with information about CPD for Geography and History are now available.

CEES CPD & Events Calendar, 2016 - 17

CEES' Calendar of CPD courses, conferences, community classes and special events for September 2016 to July 2017 is now available.

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


  • 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.