Year 7 Residential

*All school trips and activities are subject to the latest government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

At Bideford College we aim for children to be happy, responsible and successful young people; adventure learning plays an important part in achieving this aim.

Purpose of the residential

The Year 7 Residential is an essential part of our transition work and takes place in the first term for all Year 7 students. Students will attend in their tutor groups and will be accompanied by their tutor, head of house, house captains and other key members of staff. The residential will take place over two days and one night.

The key aims of the Year 7 Residential are:
· To get to know staff and other students from your tutor group
· To develop the learning skills necessary for secondary education
· To develop a responsible and respectful attitude towards others

For many students, the transition from primary to secondary school can be a challenge. It is vital that students understand from day one the support systems that are in place for them and who they can go to in times of need. Getting to know their tutor, heads of house, house captains and other key members of staff is a key objective of the Year 7 residential. The residential experience allows students to develop those all-important relationships which will help to support them over the rest of their time at Bideford College.







An equally important objective is to instil in students the learning skills that they will need to be successful learners at Bideford College. Whilst on residential we expect all students to:

– Develop their listening skills
– Be respectful of others at all times
– Work effectively as a team
– Use initiative to work independently
– Develop their resilience and self-confidence
– Learn the importance of time keeping and punctuality







The final objective of the residential is to ensure that students are able to be responsible members of their school community; this includes developing a house identity, how we listen to others, how we accept leadership responsibility and the importance of supporting the other members of our team.

Structure of the residential

Each tutor group will spend two days and one night during either late September or early October staying at Bachelor’s Hall, an outdoor centre run by the Launceston College MAT on Dartmoor, near Princetown. The residential will include time spent learning new skills, completing team-based challenges and a embarking on a challenging journey across Dartmoor as a group.

Students will be expected to:
• Plan/prepare and organise prepare for their journey across Dartmoor.
• Work independently and as part of a team.
• Contribute towards the catering experiences.
• Reflect on their experiences and make a presentation to the group back in school during IAG.










Bachelor’s Hall

Bachelors Hall is situated on the outskirts of Princetown, in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. The Centre lies in a tranquil, secluded valley with easy access to the open moor. The accommodation is divided into two large dormitories, two medium sized dormitories and two smaller bedrooms.






Bachelors Hall – Booking System
Bachelors Hall Brochure – PDF


Key dates

Transition days – TBA

Parents briefing – TBA

Letters/ payment to be returned – TBA

Arthur – TBA

Brunel – TBA

Coleridge – TBA

Hepworth – TBA

Farwell – TBA


Key documents (download links)

Residential letter – TBA

Medical form – TBA

Kit list


Key contacts

Head of House – Mr Skinner

Head of House – Mrs Luke

Head of House – Mr Cope

Head of House – Mr Munro

Head of House – Mr Gibbins

Adventure Learning Instructor – Mrs Stapleford

Assistant Principal – Mrs Jewell

Please follow this link for staff contact details.


Exemplar Itinerary

DAY 1:

08:45 Arrive at Bideford College normal school times. Register with tutor and organise kit.
09:00-10:30 Activity 1- team building
10:30-11:00 Break time
11:00-12:30 Activity 2- planning your journey
12:00-13:00 Early lunch on-site
13:00-13:30 Get packed up and organised for departure
13:30 Depart Bideford College (90-minute journey)
15:00 Arrive in Princetown and walk to Bachelor’s Hall
15:30 Arrive at Bachelor’s Hall
15:30-16:00 Introduction/unload kit/quick break/get kitted up
16:00-17:00 Quick on site activity – getting to know the site/ preparation for tomorrow
17:00-18:00 Shower/prep dinner
18:00-19:00 Dinner
19:00-20:00 Evening entertainment led by house captains
20:00-21:00 DEAR/board games/hot chocolate/chill out
21:00 Bed time

DAY 2:

06:30 Wake up and get dressed
07:00-08:00 Breakfast – toast and cereal
08:00-09:00 Pack up and clean rooms
09:00-15:00 Adventurous journey
15:00 Walk to Princetown
15:30 Load onto coach and depart Princetown
17:00 Arrive at Bideford College




The best bit of the residential was the zip zap zip game.

~ Emily Brookes (Hepworth)


On the residential I really enjoyed that we were encouraged to stretch our limits to prove what we could really do, and not what our brains told us we could.

~ Daisy Williams (Brunel)


I really liked the residential.  I wasn’t with any of my friends but I made new friends with the people in my room which was good.

~ Emily Burgess (Hepworth)


Going on the residential was fantastic fun, I got to make new friends, try new activities and be outside a lot more than I would usually am. You never have to worry about being homesick as your always busy!

I made lots of new friends there and doing the activities with them was so much fun! I would definitely go back if I could as it’s a once in a life time opportunity and it’s a bonus to be able to get to know new people in your house and tutor group!

The big walk was very tiring but was nice to know that by the end of it I could go home and tell my parents I walked 9 miles without moaning! It was nice to feel independent when it came to making our own dinner and doing the dishes.

~ Alison Wright (Farwell)


The activities involved in this residential are extremely fun!! There is river crossing practice (which is everyone’s favourite) where everyone gets the chance to practice setting up a Tyrolean crossing. For the final activity you and your group will start a walk across Dartmoor with all the equipment to build the Tyrolean crossing you will be riding. This will bring you closer to your friends and your teachers as it helps you to work as part of a team and also helps you overcome any fears you may have, or at least try to.


Some people will say there won’t be any or much of a challenge but believe me there is! Once you have completed them or at least given them a try, you will be very proud of what you have managed to achieve which will increase your confident in yourself. I found building our Tyrolean crossing a challenge as I was worried if I didn’t do it right it could impact the rest of the team if it failed, or that others may laugh at me. But I pushed myself and told myself I could to it and as a team we supported each other. I was so proud of my team!


Before leaving the school, I was very excited but very nervous because I was not very good at eating food away from home. This made me wonder if I would be able to cope being away from home on the residential and if it would affect the activities we had do to. However, as we arrived me and my friends were laughing and joking with each other, talking about all the cool things we would be doing. The nerves, although still there, had eased a little bit. Sitting in for a briefing of what we’d be doing over the few days we were there, being shown where we would be sleeping, and having the chance to speak with our house leaders calmed me even more. By teatime, I was that relaxed I managed to eat, I didn’t even think about it.


I arrived home, feeling happy and just talking and talking about all the fun things we did and all the new things I learnt. It even inspired me to join the sea cadets outside of school. The residential has helped me so much, I’ve learnt that you can work on your own, but it is also great to work as a team and to listen to others opinions and ideas. The residential helps each individual in so many different ways.

~ Jayden Cook (Farwell)


The things i liked most about the year 7 residential was being with my friends doing the activities. The food was amazing. I think the most challenging thing for me was getting ready in the morning on time. I can’t remember how far i walked but it was mostly fun and the view was amazing and definitely worth it! At first i didn’t want to go because i didn’t know what it was going to be like but I went anyway and really enjoyed it.

~Jasmine Nicholson (Farwell)


*All school trips and activities are subject to the latest government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

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