Our centre is ideal for Secondary Schools looking for an outdoor activity course. We use real outdoor venues for true adventures. Leadership and team building skills are developed in the pupils, enabling group success on the activities.  We encourage the pupils to take responsibilities while they are exploring the outdoor world, learning real life-skills. Achievements will be made that they will always cherish and remember.

Outdoor Programme

Each activity day will be based in either Snowdonia or over on Anglesey. The area is renowned for its mountains, coastline, rivers and lakes - the ideal area for outdoor activities. We have full range of activities to excite and engage the pupils, all of which are tailored for your secondary school group. Each day a general activity theme is chosen, often with bushcraft and extra team building exercises built in. The pupils are kept continuously active, there is never a dull moment. Our staff are well qualified and extremely experienced which is important, allowing for an outdoor programme that matches the needs of each individual pupil. We don't use onsite venues that try to simulate real outdoor activities, we have the natural venues that excite even seasoned professionals. Adventures the school pupils will never forget.

We are fortunate that the centre can provide a flexible programme that evolves through the week, allowing the secondary pupils to define their own goals. Inevitably the pupils will grow in confidence as the course progresses and suitable further challenges can be presented. See the full list of activities.

Benefits of our Outdoor Education

PLTS - Personal Learning Thinking Skills: We work to support and develop the 6 areas of the PLTS: Independent Enquirers, Creative Thinkers, Reflective Learners, Team Workers, Self Managers, Effective Participants.  Through outdoor activities it is possible to develop the different behaviours, skills and personal qualities to achieve these areas. We work closely alongside our schools to help achieve the main goals of the government to develop young people to become confident and successful learners, and ultimately responsible citizens.

Team Building and Leadership: The activities require the pupils to work together, to complete a task and reach a given goal. This could be navigating the whole group to a given location, creating a hole in the snow to spend the night in or finding the best way to traverse across a sea zawn. Problem solving and communication skills are key with a team working together to succeed.  Supportive instructors, giving advice and support when necessary, allow everybody to feel the sense of achievement, a real motivator.

Life Long Skills: A few days on a residential course can provide children with skills which will last them a life time. Using communication skills, leadership, team work in situations out of children's comfort zones allows for skills to be enhanced.  They will use skills learnt in the classroom to succeed in these new situations.  They will be supported in developing new skills which they can use in everyday situations. 

Catered Residential

Arete Centre, is a fully catered centre which provides nutritious meals. The accommodation is split into dormitories of different sizes, for girls and boys. There are communal areas for relaxation for staff and pupils.  The games room comprises of a pool table and room for evening entertainment.

Evening Activities

It is possible for the instructional staff to provide an evening programme of activities, as an additional extra. Evening bouldering sessions, visits to the local climbing wall, beach walk and team building activities are just some of the ideas that can be discussed. We can also provide resources and ideas for school staff members if they want to entertain students in-house.


Arete Centre has a fleet of minibuses that can be used for transporting students to venues. All minibuses are serviced appropriately and members of staff are fully qualified.