Kench Hill Residential Trip – Full of ‘First Times!’

Written by Simon Thurston
November 1, 2023
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In early October, pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 had an amazing few days on their residential trip to Kench Hill. This was the first lower key-stage 2 residential since the COVID lockdown and for us at Beckley, the first time we had stayed at Kench Hill, near Tenterden.

Pupils and staff stayed at Kench Hill for three days, enjoying a busy programme of activities in the local environment, including a ‘night walk’, building shelters in the woods, trust exercises and teamwork, archery and team-building tasks.

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For a number of children, this was their first time staying overnight away from their family, which was a significant event in itself. School residentials are hugely important experiences for pupils, helping them to develop their independence, take responsibility, deepen relationships and build self-confidence. This was the first time that we had used the Kench Hill centre for a residential trip, and we were really impressed with the staff, the catering and the activity programme. We certainly don’t expect it to be the last!

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