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PGL Liddington


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Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.5
100 reviews


Excellent
 
57%

Very Good
 
35%

Average
 
6%

Poor
 
1%

Awful
 
1%

Overall very well organised. Some issues with food and heating on the first night. (June 2021 - Primary School)




(May 2021 - Primary School)




Due to not being able to stay overnight due to Covid restrictions, we spent a day at PGL doing 4 activities. There was only 1 other school (smaller than our group). Never mixed with the other school - in fact hardly saw them. Instructors were excellent. Organisation was excellent. Packed lunch could have been more nutritional. (May 2021 - Primary School)




Really good tournament and setting. Our team leader Ellie was fantastic! (March 2020 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




Great staff, very helpful. Good activities for children. Good accomodation. (February 2020 - Primary School)




(January 2020 - Primary School)




(January 2020 - Primary School)




(December 2019 - Secondary School)




brilliant staff, engaging, friendly, welcoming and professional. Wonderful facilities and overall a great experience. (December 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




friendly staff, clean accommodation, good food but some waiting around for leaders to arrive (November 2019 - Secondary School)




Amazing instructors for all our activities made the visit fantastic. (November 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2019 - Primary School)




Staff were very friendly and helpful. The Liddington Centre was very clean. The food was very good and enjoyed by the children. (November 2019 - Primary School)




Great facilities for the children. Staff experience not as good. (November 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




Good standard of accommodation, lovely food, good trip leaders, mostly a good standard of instruction in the activities. (October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




A very well organised and friendly team. The children were well cared for and encouraged to have a go at all the activities. (October 2019 - Primary School)




This was a 'typical' PGL visit: on the whole very professional and well organised. We choose PGL because we know we can rely on a good residential experience. Unfortunately this year there were some activity leaders who were not up to the usual PGL standard and there were some safety concerns raised with the centre due to one leader allowing children to sit on the fence where their peers were shooting their archery arrows. This was addressed immediately but only after a member of school staff stepped in. There were other concerns raised with the conduct of some of the activity leaders which were again addressed quickly. However, on the whole, the activity leads were strong and allowed the children to be successful. (September 2019 - Primary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




PGL Trip was successful. (July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Secondary School)




A great, scenic site with lots of space and excellent activities. Instructors were all very friendly, encouraging, supportive and inclusive. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Lovely grounds and accommodation was very good. Actual activities were good in general but our allocation could have been more varied. They were too similar. Evening activities were not well run or organised. Catering was not as good as it should be. We were kept waiting 1.5 hours for food on the first night and then there was limited food available as we were so late. No desserts etc. PGL activity leaders were mixed, enthusiastic overall. Group leaders were not great. They did not really take the lead and left a lot of it down to us. They did not seem experienced and were not pro-active or have much presence. Most Downsend adults were proactive which was really helpful. (June 2019 - Primary School)




The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Activities were well led and enjoyable, although at times lack of organisation on the part of PGL meant that activities had to be cut short. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Typically well run, with problems being resolved with efficiency. (June 2019 - Primary School)




+ Good, secure site + Good quality accommodation + Good variety of food + Instructors generally friendly and informative + The better instructors really engaged with each person in the group (e.g. "I like your watch") - Too much negative football banter (i.e. football chants, deriding other teams) - Different instructor for every activity, so no opportunity to build rapport - Activities were quite short (June 2019 - Primary School)




The facilities are excellent and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There are issues with capacity now though and it does feel as though there are too many people on site therefore meals often run late and more than one group are completing an activity at the same time which does not always feel safe. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Perfect venue for primary school residential (June 2019 - Primary School)




Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything. (June 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




Excellent, facilities are purpose built and kept to a good standard, staff are well trained and approachable. Everyone had a brilliant time and some great results in the netball (May 2019 - Secondary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




(April 2019 - Secondary School)




(April 2019 - Secondary School)




(April 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




The facilities were great and the students had lots of hours to revise and work on their maths work. The addition of an activity really helped to break it up and add that fun/team building element to the trip. (March 2019 - Secondary School)




The centre provided an excellent experience for the pupils and met their individual needs. (March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




(January 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2018)




Excellent residential trip for the children. They learned many skills and made many memories. (November 2018 - Primary School)




We had some problems with PGL as our 10 year old children were allocated rooms directly next to two groups of teenagers. We had trouble with noise, music and language every night twice it went on past 10.30pm. We reported this to the PGL staff on duty and they did come up to ask them to be quiet. Despite all the problems, no staff member seemed to be able to understand how inappropriate it was to have these groups so close to each other. We had to move three of our children who struggled to cope with the noise. Really disappointed with the lack of concern shown by PGL even though it was referred up to the duty manager on one night when it was really bad. (November 2018 - Primary School)




We had a problem with the centre because they had put our 10 year old children next to 17/18 year teenagers. This caused us problems every night. We had to move three of our children into an empty teacher room as the noise, music and language was unacceptable. Whilst PGL staff on duty did try to help at the time, no-one seemed to understand how inappropriate it was to have these two groups of children in such close proximity. The teenagers constantly moved the group names we had put on the rooms and a group of our girls were convinced someone had been into their room, although we couldn't prove it. (November 2018 - Primary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




Fantastic site, supportive staff, great range of activities (October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Primary School)




Super site, excellent facilities. (October 2018 - Primary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




all our pupils had a grat exprience at PGL Liddington (October 2018 - Primary School)




(October 2018 - Primary School)




Activities were well supervised and engaging. Children were all given appropriate safety talks before all activities. Staff knowledgeable. Activities appeared to be well taken care of and safety harnesses/hats seemed to be in good condition. Some small issues with the maintenance of the accommodation we were in, but nothing which put the children in danger and staff were keen to fix issues as they arose. (October 2018 - Primary School)




Really nice centre with well organised staff and top of the range outdoor facilities. (September 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




Several children returned from the trip covered in bites which doctors say are probably bed bug bites. (July 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




Children who have been quiet all year have come out of their shells and are speaking up for themselves. All children tried all activities and were often braver than they thought. (July 2018 - Primary School)




Evening entertainment felt a little unorganised - need to choose which activities carefully next time. Campfire - not very good. One of the PGL staff looking after our group was not very enthusiastic or engaging with the children (which was a real shame). Daytime activities were fantastic. Staff working on these were incredibly encouraging. Food ok - children quite happy with it. (July 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent trip. Next yr- book Monday afternoon activity. Excellent team. Request Ridgeway accommodation again. Request additional adult rooms as it was helpful this yr. (June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




A great centre, challenging activities and super accommodation (June 2018 - Primary School)




Great venue- engaging activities- great group leader. 4 out of 5 as some first aid kits were severely lacking and some instructors were less enthusiastic than others. All round great trip. (June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




The site is expansive and the children had access to a great range of activities. They were led by great staff members and the accommodation was fit to purpose. An excellent choice and somewhere we would go again! (June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent organisation, communication and instruction. (May 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent venue for residential with large group. Accomodation really good and safe (May 2018 - Secondary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




Good selection of activities and very accommodating staff who were extremely helpful and courteous throughout our stay. (April 2018 - Secondary School)




PGL Liddington is a good outdoor education centre with many facilities, however there were some fundamental issues. Accommodation: this was inadequate with very small rooms with bunks housing six at a time and only one toilet and shower. Food was so bad that both myself, many of the staff in attendance and some of the students did not eat at all and ate only snacks that were available from others. In addition, PGL also prioritised other users before our cohort, this led to problems with times for workshops etc... overall the young people enjoyed being with other youth groups, however many expressed concerns that the experience was one not to be repeated due to the centres facilities and poor food, (April 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018 - Primary School)




(April 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018 - Primary School)




Students had a great time and have a bank of experiences which will help them in future units for their sport qualification. (April 2018 - Secondary School)




Activities were mainly well led and resourced, children had safety explained to them throughout the week. One evening activity felt less secure, as the children were allowed to roam in the dark, with unclear perimeters, parameters and easy sight of staff. (March 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Primary School)




(December 2017 - Primary School)




Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.5
100 reviews


Excellent
 
57%

Very Good
 
35%

Average
 
6%

Poor
 
1%

Awful
 
1%

June 2021 - Primary School
Overall very well organised. Some issues with food and heating on the first night.



May 2021 - Primary School




May 2021 - Primary School
Due to not being able to stay overnight due to Covid restrictions, we spent a day at PGL doing 4 activities. There was only 1 other school (smaller than our group). Never mixed with the other school - in fact hardly saw them. Instructors were excellent. Organisation was excellent. Packed lunch could have been more nutritional.



March 2020 - Secondary School
Really good tournament and setting. Our team leader Ellie was fantastic!



March 2020 - Secondary School




February 2020 - Primary School
Great staff, very helpful. Good activities for children. Good accomodation.



January 2020 - Primary School




January 2020 - Primary School




December 2019 - Secondary School




December 2019 - Primary School
brilliant staff, engaging, friendly, welcoming and professional. Wonderful facilities and overall a great experience.



November 2019 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Secondary School
friendly staff, clean accommodation, good food but some waiting around for leaders to arrive



November 2019 - Primary School
Amazing instructors for all our activities made the visit fantastic.



November 2019 - Primary School




November 2019 - Primary School




November 2019 - Primary School
Staff were very friendly and helpful. The Liddington Centre was very clean. The food was very good and enjoyed by the children.



November 2019 - Primary School
Great facilities for the children. Staff experience not as good.



October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School
Good standard of accommodation, lovely food, good trip leaders, mostly a good standard of instruction in the activities.



October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School
A very well organised and friendly team. The children were well cared for and encouraged to have a go at all the activities.



September 2019 - Primary School
This was a 'typical' PGL visit: on the whole very professional and well organised. We choose PGL because we know we can rely on a good residential experience. Unfortunately this year there were some activity leaders who were not up to the usual PGL standard and there were some safety concerns raised with the centre due to one leader allowing children to sit on the fence where their peers were shooting their archery arrows. This was addressed immediately but only after a member of school staff stepped in. There were other concerns raised with the conduct of some of the activity leaders which were again addressed quickly. However, on the whole, the activity leads were strong and allowed the children to be successful.



September 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Primary School
PGL Trip was successful.



July 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Secondary School




June 2019 - Primary School
A great, scenic site with lots of space and excellent activities. Instructors were all very friendly, encouraging, supportive and inclusive.



June 2019 - Primary School
Lovely grounds and accommodation was very good. Actual activities were good in general but our allocation could have been more varied. They were too similar. Evening activities were not well run or organised. Catering was not as good as it should be. We were kept waiting 1.5 hours for food on the first night and then there was limited food available as we were so late. No desserts etc. PGL activity leaders were mixed, enthusiastic overall. Group leaders were not great. They did not really take the lead and left a lot of it down to us. They did not seem experienced and were not pro-active or have much presence. Most Downsend adults were proactive which was really helpful.



June 2019 - Primary School
The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Activities were well led and enjoyable, although at times lack of organisation on the part of PGL meant that activities had to be cut short.



June 2019 - Primary School
Typically well run, with problems being resolved with efficiency.



June 2019 - Primary School
+ Good, secure site + Good quality accommodation + Good variety of food + Instructors generally friendly and informative + The better instructors really engaged with each person in the group (e.g. "I like your watch") - Too much negative football banter (i.e. football chants, deriding other teams) - Different instructor for every activity, so no opportunity to build rapport - Activities were quite short



June 2019 - Primary School
The facilities are excellent and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There are issues with capacity now though and it does feel as though there are too many people on site therefore meals often run late and more than one group are completing an activity at the same time which does not always feel safe.



June 2019 - Primary School
Perfect venue for primary school residential



June 2019 - Primary School
Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything.



June 2019 - Primary School
Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything.



June 2019 - Primary School
Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything.



June 2019 - Primary School
Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything.



June 2019 - Primary School
Liddington has felt increasingly busy over the years and although well organised it is a rush to get around everything.



May 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent, facilities are purpose built and kept to a good standard, staff are well trained and approachable. Everyone had a brilliant time and some great results in the netball



May 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Secondary School




March 2019 - Secondary School
The facilities were great and the students had lots of hours to revise and work on their maths work. The addition of an activity really helped to break it up and add that fun/team building element to the trip.



March 2019 - Primary School
The centre provided an excellent experience for the pupils and met their individual needs.



March 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Primary School




January 2019 - Primary School




November 2018




November 2018 - Primary School
Excellent residential trip for the children. They learned many skills and made many memories.



November 2018 - Primary School
We had some problems with PGL as our 10 year old children were allocated rooms directly next to two groups of teenagers. We had trouble with noise, music and language every night twice it went on past 10.30pm. We reported this to the PGL staff on duty and they did come up to ask them to be quiet. Despite all the problems, no staff member seemed to be able to understand how inappropriate it was to have these groups so close to each other. We had to move three of our children who struggled to cope with the noise. Really disappointed with the lack of concern shown by PGL even though it was referred up to the duty manager on one night when it was really bad.



November 2018 - Primary School
We had a problem with the centre because they had put our 10 year old children next to 17/18 year teenagers. This caused us problems every night. We had to move three of our children into an empty teacher room as the noise, music and language was unacceptable. Whilst PGL staff on duty did try to help at the time, no-one seemed to understand how inappropriate it was to have these two groups of children in such close proximity. The teenagers constantly moved the group names we had put on the rooms and a group of our girls were convinced someone had been into their room, although we couldn't prove it.



October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Fantastic site, supportive staff, great range of activities



October 2018 - Primary School




October 2018 - Primary School
Super site, excellent facilities.



October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Primary School
all our pupils had a grat exprience at PGL Liddington



October 2018 - Primary School




October 2018 - Primary School
Activities were well supervised and engaging. Children were all given appropriate safety talks before all activities. Staff knowledgeable. Activities appeared to be well taken care of and safety harnesses/hats seemed to be in good condition. Some small issues with the maintenance of the accommodation we were in, but nothing which put the children in danger and staff were keen to fix issues as they arose.



September 2018 - Secondary School
Really nice centre with well organised staff and top of the range outdoor facilities.



July 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Primary School
Several children returned from the trip covered in bites which doctors say are probably bed bug bites.



July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Primary School
Children who have been quiet all year have come out of their shells and are speaking up for themselves. All children tried all activities and were often braver than they thought.



July 2018 - Primary School
Evening entertainment felt a little unorganised - need to choose which activities carefully next time. Campfire - not very good. One of the PGL staff looking after our group was not very enthusiastic or engaging with the children (which was a real shame). Daytime activities were fantastic. Staff working on these were incredibly encouraging. Food ok - children quite happy with it.



June 2018 - Secondary School




June 2018 - Primary School
Excellent trip. Next yr- book Monday afternoon activity. Excellent team. Request Ridgeway accommodation again. Request additional adult rooms as it was helpful this yr.



June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School
A great centre, challenging activities and super accommodation



June 2018 - Primary School
Great venue- engaging activities- great group leader. 4 out of 5 as some first aid kits were severely lacking and some instructors were less enthusiastic than others. All round great trip.



June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School
The site is expansive and the children had access to a great range of activities. They were led by great staff members and the accommodation was fit to purpose. An excellent choice and somewhere we would go again!



June 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Secondary School




May 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent organisation, communication and instruction.



May 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent venue for residential with large group. Accomodation really good and safe



May 2018 - Primary School




April 2018 - Secondary School
Good selection of activities and very accommodating staff who were extremely helpful and courteous throughout our stay.



April 2018 - Secondary School
PGL Liddington is a good outdoor education centre with many facilities, however there were some fundamental issues. Accommodation: this was inadequate with very small rooms with bunks housing six at a time and only one toilet and shower. Food was so bad that both myself, many of the staff in attendance and some of the students did not eat at all and ate only snacks that were available from others. In addition, PGL also prioritised other users before our cohort, this led to problems with times for workshops etc... overall the young people enjoyed being with other youth groups, however many expressed concerns that the experience was one not to be repeated due to the centres facilities and poor food,



April 2018 - Primary School




April 2018 - Secondary School




April 2018 - Primary School




April 2018 - Secondary School
Students had a great time and have a bank of experiences which will help them in future units for their sport qualification.



March 2018 - Primary School
Activities were mainly well led and resourced, children had safety explained to them throughout the week. One evening activity felt less secure, as the children were allowed to roam in the dark, with unclear perimeters, parameters and easy sight of staff.



February 2018 - Primary School




December 2017 - Primary School