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Field Studies Council - Blencathra


Leading Provider of Geography and Science (Biology) Fieldwork

Description

FSC is a charity that aims to bring environmental understanding to all. We believe the more we know about and take inspiration from the world around us the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.

One of the many ways we do this is by providing well-designed, expertly delivered educational experiences for school groups, set in some of the UK's most stunning locations. Each year over 3,000 school groups, from key stage 1 to university level, visit our centres for geography or science (biology) fieldwork and cross-curricular environmental activity courses.

Operated in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority, FSC's Blencathra centre occupies a dramatic setting on the south west side of Blencathra mountain near Keswick. Gardens and grounds with living willow structures and ponds provide interest and inspiration for visitors on a variety of courses. Red squirrels frequent the grounds and can be seen from the comfort of the dining room.The site offers a magnificent panorama of the Lake District with its rich tapestry of England's highest mountains, quiet pastures, wooded valleys, streams, lakes and settlements which provide a focus for the centre's activities.

Please click on our website to find out more about the courses we can deliver.


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.6
31 reviews


Excellent
 
61%

Very Good
 
35%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

Geology (August 2022 - Secondary School)




(July 2022 - Secondary School)




(June 2022 - Secondary School)




(February 2022 - Secondary School)




The FSC at Blencathra are excellent. The accommodation is basic but good and clean. The food is nice and they cater for all dietary requirements well. The tutors are knowledgable and the trips are enjoyable. (November 2021 - Secondary School)




(November 2021 - Secondary School)




The two fieldwork experts for year 11 were very knowledgeable and held the students interest for long periods of time. I'm very confident that the majority of students would now be able to complete the relevant section of their GCSE Paper. (September 2021 - Secondary School)




Absolutely exceeded our expectations in terms of learning and wellbeing. My students gained so much more understanding of the subject. The trainer was professional and outstanding in their local knowledge. (August 2021 - Secondary School)




Toileting facilities were not adequate at this point for 60 plus children having to wash hands etc. (July 2021 - Primary School)




course design is bespoke to your requirements. Knowledgeable tutors and variety of locations/ Geography on offer in the local area (February 2020 - Secondary School)




(February 2020 - Secondary School)




Excellent venue. Kind and knowledgeable staff. Rooms and catering were superb. (February 2020 - Primary School)




An excellent learning experience for all students involved. The A-level Geology teaching is exceptional and has helped my students further develop their skills for Practical Endorsement, as well as giving them confidence for their exams. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




All good (September 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent- friendly an accommodating (September 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




excellent (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




Year 12 fieldtrip went very well. Students were well behaved and responded to fieldwork tasks effectively. The organisation by the centre was good and travel arrangements went smoothly. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent provider. Course met objectives. Staff excellent- very good teachers and concerned about welfare of children and staff. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Excellent tuition and food. The students were worked hard and completed several PAGS. Great use of a weekend to progress biology practical work (April 2019 - Secondary School)




(January 2019 - Primary School)




Really excellent field teaching, students gained much confidence and knowledge in their A-level Geology studies. I would recommend this Centre. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




Very good all round (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Very organised professional and knowledfeable especially about the local area and useful examples. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




(May 2018 - Secondary School)




Incredibly helpful, flexible and supportive team. Clean, good food and fantastic environment. (May 2018 - Secondary School)




There is no better setting for a field trip base, and no more perfect a destination to study the landscape focusing on AS/A Level syllabus (April 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018 - Secondary School)




Leading Provider of Geography and Science (Biology) Fieldwork

Description

FSC is a charity that aims to bring environmental understanding to all. We believe the more we know about and take inspiration from the world around us the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.

One of the many ways we do this is by providing well-designed, expertly delivered educational experiences for school groups, set in some of the UK's most stunning locations. Each year over 3,000 school groups, from key stage 1 to university level, visit our centres for geography or science (biology) fieldwork and cross-curricular environmental activity courses.

Operated in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority, FSC's Blencathra centre occupies a dramatic setting on the south west side of Blencathra mountain near Keswick. Gardens and grounds with living willow structures and ponds provide interest and inspiration for visitors on a variety of courses. Red squirrels frequent the grounds and can be seen from the comfort of the dining room.The site offers a magnificent panorama of the Lake District with its rich tapestry of England's highest mountains, quiet pastures, wooded valleys, streams, lakes and settlements which provide a focus for the centre's activities.

Please click on our website to find out more about the courses we can deliver.

Contact

Field Studies Council - Blencathra
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 4SG
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.6
31 reviews


Excellent
 
61%

Very Good
 
35%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

August 2022 - Secondary School
Geology



July 2022 - Secondary School




June 2022 - Secondary School




February 2022 - Secondary School




November 2021 - Secondary School
The FSC at Blencathra are excellent. The accommodation is basic but good and clean. The food is nice and they cater for all dietary requirements well. The tutors are knowledgable and the trips are enjoyable.



November 2021 - Secondary School




September 2021 - Secondary School
The two fieldwork experts for year 11 were very knowledgeable and held the students interest for long periods of time. I'm very confident that the majority of students would now be able to complete the relevant section of their GCSE Paper.



August 2021 - Secondary School
Absolutely exceeded our expectations in terms of learning and wellbeing. My students gained so much more understanding of the subject. The trainer was professional and outstanding in their local knowledge.



July 2021 - Primary School
Toileting facilities were not adequate at this point for 60 plus children having to wash hands etc.



February 2020 - Secondary School
course design is bespoke to your requirements. Knowledgeable tutors and variety of locations/ Geography on offer in the local area



February 2020 - Secondary School




February 2020 - Primary School
Excellent venue. Kind and knowledgeable staff. Rooms and catering were superb.



October 2019 - Secondary School
An excellent learning experience for all students involved. The A-level Geology teaching is exceptional and has helped my students further develop their skills for Practical Endorsement, as well as giving them confidence for their exams.



September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School
All good



September 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent- friendly an accommodating



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
excellent



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
Year 12 fieldtrip went very well. Students were well behaved and responded to fieldwork tasks effectively. The organisation by the centre was good and travel arrangements went smoothly.



June 2019 - Primary School
Excellent provider. Course met objectives. Staff excellent- very good teachers and concerned about welfare of children and staff.



April 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent tuition and food. The students were worked hard and completed several PAGS. Great use of a weekend to progress biology practical work



January 2019 - Primary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Really excellent field teaching, students gained much confidence and knowledge in their A-level Geology studies. I would recommend this Centre.



October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Very good all round



October 2018 - Secondary School
Very organised professional and knowledfeable especially about the local area and useful examples.



May 2018 - Secondary School




May 2018 - Secondary School
Incredibly helpful, flexible and supportive team. Clean, good food and fantastic environment.



April 2018 - Secondary School
There is no better setting for a field trip base, and no more perfect a destination to study the landscape focusing on AS/A Level syllabus



April 2018 - Secondary School