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Residential Trips

These trips play an essential part in developing student’s independence skills; they enjoy trying new activities and building their confidence through challenging and exciting experiences and exploring and engaging with the natural environment.


These breaks also provide families with much needed respite, with the comfort of knowing that their child will be well looked after, as our staff are keen to give up their own free time to support overnight excursions.


Through the generosity of many donors over the years, Hearts of Oak have been able to make an annual donation towards these unforgettable experiences; and in both 2014 and 2015 we were delighted to receive incredibly generous support from the Eleanor Palmer Trust, which funded so many of the trips.


On behalf of every smile from every pupil a HUGE thank-you to all at the Eleanor Palmer Trust for such an amazingly generous contribution.

To enhance their education and supplement their physical, and cognitive development, the school aims to offer all of the 165 students at Oak Lodge School opportunities to participate in residential trips. In 2014 and 2015, nearly all of the students were able to stay at beautiful locations and take part in activities that they had never tried before.


Our students visited places as far afield as The Lake District, Portsmouth, Dorset, Somerset, Stonehenge (see letter above) and the Isle of Wight, and participated in climbing, walking, abseiling, canal boats, horse-riding, caving and many more unique experiences that the pupils loved.



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