Teachers and Leaders FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) by teachers and group leaders before attending a course. If you still have a question on any aspect of the outdoor centre or activities provided please feel free to contact us.

What qualifications do Arete Outdoor Staff have?
All instructional staff are fully qualified with national governing body awards for the activities they are providing.  Many members of staff are over qualified for the activites they are running and are highly experienced.

Is Arete Outdoor Centre approved to take young people under the age of 18?
Arete is AALA licensed (Adventure Activites Licensing Authorityl). Regular visits from the licensing board mean that our procedures are analysed and show our high standards are consistently maintained.  All members of staff are CRB checked.

Is it possible to visit the centre before booking?
Yes.  We welcome visits from group leaders to look at the centre and discuss any ideas with members of staff.  We run teacher/leader weekends for you to get the opportunuty to network with other professionals and see what Arete has to offer. Visit Dates.

Do teachers and leaders need to participate in the activities?
We feel that the participation of leaders and young people together on activites can be a very powerful tool for the success of an activity. Many members of staff reflect on the improvement of the relationship between themselves and students after completing a residential course.  

Can children bring electrical equipment?
Arete Centre can provide access to computers for work purposes and are looking into the purchase of Ipads/tablets. It is up to the group leaders whether young people bring mobile phones and other electrical equipment. Arete Outdoor Centre are not responsible for the loss or damage of any electrical equipment.
It is requested that young people do not bring mobile phones out on activites, due to safety reasons and the nature of the activities increasing chances of loss or damage to phones.  All instructors carry phones for safety reasons.

Do you provide evening activities?
Yes instructors are available to run a range of evening activities for your group, this would be at a slight additional cost. We also offer advice and provide equipment so you can run your own evening activities.  

Does a member of Arete staff stay in the centre overnight?
Arete members of staff will work in the day and a local member of staff from the centre will be on call to support group leaders overnight.  If your group requires additional evening support special arrangements can be made otherwise it will be the responsibility of the group leader to supervise their group overnight. Exceptions are generally made for specific courses eg camping courses and Duke of Edinburgh (contact the centre for more details).

Is there a designated first aider?
All instructional staff are first aid trained and will be able to provide first aid whilst working. Information related to local doctors, hospitals etc are provided in the centre for when centre staff are off duty. A first aid trained member of staff will also be on call.

Is transportation provided?
We have our own minibuses which are used to transport groups on activities and this is included in the price. We can arrange transport for your travel to and from the centre.

Will there be someone to meet us when we arrive?
A member of our staff will meet you at the centre on your arrival and they will help you to settle in.

What equipment do you provide?
We provide all the technical equipment for the activities, including wetsuits for water activities. We can provide spare boots, waterproofs and rucksacs for people who do not have them.
We provide duvets and pillows.  Linen can be provided on request, most groups prefer to bring their own and this is reflected in the accommodation price.

Do you have a kit list?
Yes we have a kit list which we can send to you outlining all kit that people require for their stay

Do you have any information about procedures and the centre to aid our stay?
An information pack will be sent out to help plan your visit.  On arrival, centre staff will meet with group leaders to discuss important information, procedures and answer questions to help with the smooth running of the course.  Risk assessments, policies and procedures are in place for all activities and day to day running of the centre.  They are available on request.

Are there any facilities for visiting staff?
Members of school staff are able to use the centre staff room. There are other communal areas for groups to use.

Do we have to stay at the centre?
It is possible for Arete to provide instruction only for groups visiting for the day or with their own accommodation.  Please contact us for a quote.

How many bedrooms are there and how are they organised?
There are 9 bedrooms, with a mixture of dormitory rooms and leader rooms.  A dormitory plan can be obtained on request.  There is also a separate annexe which holds 4 bedrooms.  Combined the centre can hold a total of 72 people.

Do pupils need money?
We have a tuck shop at the centre selling food, drinks and souvenirs.  It is up to visiting staff to decide on whether they want young people to bring money.  Arete Outdoor Centre take no responsibility for any loss of money.

Will the children need to take responsibilities for any duties?
The residential experience is seen as part of their education while attending the course. We therefore expect the pupils to help look after the centre and each other through taking on various tasks. These include serving and cleaning tables at dinner times, keeping communal areas tidy and being responsible for the cleanliness of their own bedrooms. This will be discusses in more detail with the students when they arrive at the centre. To help with the smooth running of the centre, staff will be asked to supervise children in completion of some daily tasks. 

Is Arete a catered centre?
The majority of our courses at Arete are fully catered, giving you the convenience of fully prepared and wholesome meals each day. Should you prefer you can book courses with a self catered option too. Please feel free to contact us to discuss the options.

Is Arete Outdoor Centre insured?
All instructors who work for Arete are covered by our £5 million liability insurance.