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Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Barton Hall, Torquay

Monday 7th June - Friday 11th June 2021


Please find below information regarding the proposed Year 6 residential visit to PGL Barton Hall, Torquay.  The information within this letter outlines what the residential trip will entail, the estimated cost of the trip and the necessary deposit.


PGL Barton Hall

We are pleased to advise you that we intend to run a Year 6 residential trip to PGL Barton Hall, Torquay from Monday 7th to Friday 11th June 2021.  This is the fourth time that Sandy Lane have used PGL to host a residential visit and we have been impressed with the facilities that PGL offer at their centres, the quality of instructors and high levels of health and safety.


PGL Barton Hall is situated in the heart of the English Riviera with views of Torquay.  There is a heated outdoor pool, a watersports lake for raft building and canoeing, together with facilities to provide an amazing selection of both outdoor and indoor activities.


Please use the link below to visit the PGL website.




Barton Hall runs outdoor pursuit activities for all ages. It provides all equipment that is needed to participate safely in activities and all the activities take place within the centre’s grounds. The ratio of qualified instructors to children is excellent, ranging from 1 to 6 or 1 to 12 depending on the nature of the activity. We also ensure a member of Sandy Lane staff is working with each activity group.


The activities the children usually participate in are: raft building; canoeing; rifle shooting; climbing and abseiling; Jacob’s ladder; trapeze; giant swing and campfire night. The activities relate to National Curriculum requirements and focus on developing the children’s confidence and independence. By working together in teams, we aim to improve their skills of problem-solving, decision making, communication, co-operation and consideration. 




In a world, with increasing restrictions on playing outdoors, PGL Barton Hall gives children the opportunity to play and learn, in a safe outdoor environment, with expert tuition and supervision.



We will stay in chalets that sleep between 4 and 6 children, all of which have ensuite facilities. The residential element of the trip gives the children a sense of community, the opportunity to live and work together and become more aware of the needs of others. Spending time away from home also encourages them to be more responsible for themselves e.g. making their own bed, arriving on time for activities, organising their clothes and equipment.




Barton Hall has a spacious dining area where all dietary requirements are catered for. 



Pocket Money

Included in the overall cost is £5 for pocket money for children to spend in the on-site shop. The children do enjoy going into the shop to spend their money and they particularly enjoy choosing small gifts to bring home to their family. No other money is required for the trip.




The residential trip will leave Sandy Lane at approximately 9:30 am on Monday 7th June 2021 and return on the evening of Friday 11th June 2021. We will travel by coach and the journey takes approximately 4½ hours.  The children will need to bring their own packed lunch and snack with them for the journey to Barton Hall – all other food is catered for.  We will have lunch at Barton Hall before leaving on Friday and children will be given a snack for the return journey.




We aim to achieve a good team spirit amongst the children and adults on this trip, whilst continuing to have high expectations of behaviour. The Sandy Lane adults and PGL instructors expect the children to listen carefully and carry out instructions as requested, as this is paramount to the safety of everyone involved on an activity. It is necessary to point out that any child, who we feel cannot be trusted to behave appropriately, may not be able to go on this trip, as the safety and enjoyment of everyone is our concern.   



Daily Communication

Regular communication and updates will be available through the relevant Twitter feed. If there was an exceptional circumstance or problem we would contact the Head Teacher or another Senior Leader at school who would then contact a family member. Children do not have access to a phone at Barton Hall and are not allowed to bring a mobile phone with them.



Cost of the Trip

The cost of next year’s trip will be approximately £375, or £190 if your child is eligible to pupil premium funding. There is a sibling discount available which revises the costs to £290, or £145 if your children are eligible to pupil premium funding.  These costs are subject to change dependent on final numbers.




The cost covers:



  • Transport to and from Barton Hall
  • All meals from Monday evening to Friday lunch-time (inclusive)
  • Accommodation in centrally heated chalets with ensuite facilities. Pupils will need to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow
  • A structured programme of outdoor pursuit activities with qualified instructors
  • All necessary equipment
  • Insurance
  • Pocket money



Deposit and Payment Plan

In order to secure a place for your child, the booking reply slip should be returned to the school office, and a deposit payment of £45 made by Friday 16th October 2020 (the residential has been set up on Parentmail for you to make the deposit payment and future payments online). It is important we have a genuine idea of the numbers as soon as possible.


Please note deposits are non-returnable. We currently have a provisional booking with Barton Hall, however once we confirm numbers; we are committed to paying for those places in full. If you pay a deposit and secure a place for your child, you are committed to paying the full price. However, if government action with regard to COVID-19 means that we are unable to travel, all monies paid will be refunded.


Terms and Conditions of Booking


Please carefully read the terms and conditions below:

  • By signing the booking slip you confirm that you will pay all the money by the final date.
  • Instalment payments must be made as shown on Parentmail or earlier.
  • We will keep you informed of trip developments through Parentmail.
  • Cancellation by the individual will still result in full payment being required once numbers and deposits have been submitted to PGL Barton Hall.
  • Cancellation due to government action with regard to COVID-19 will result in all monies paid being refunded.
  • Any child who cannot behave as expected at Barton Hall will be returned home. The transport costs for returning a child home will need to be met by the parent/guardian.  There will be no refund given. 


Should you have any questions regarding the above information then please email  Emails will be forwarded to Mrs Bekker for a response.



 Yours faithfully





Samantha Morrissy                             Kendal Bekker

Associate Head Teacher                    Year 6 Lead



Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Barton Hall, Torquay

Monday 7th June - Friday 11th June 2021


Child’s name ­_________________________________    Class __________

I/We have read and understood the booking conditions with regard to payment and behaviour.

I give permission for my child to attend the Year 6 residential trip to PGL Barton Hall.


A deposit payment of £45.00 has been made by the following option:



Online                                                 Cheque                                               Cash               

(Preferred option)

* Cheques made payable to Sandy Lane Primary School



By giving consent for the above child to take part in this visit/activity, I also consent to their name to being entered and held securely on the Bracknell Forest Council Offsite and Adventurous database.


Parent/Carer Signature: ________________________________    Date: _______________


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