Page 1

Field Studies

for Secondary Schools At PGL Centres in the UK 2014


bring learning to life Millions of years of earth’s history revealed in a cliff; the mysterious majesty of a natural limestone arch eroded by the power of the sea; long extinct creatures preserved in a fossil ... these aren’t photographs, or videos, or drawings in a textbook; you’re on a PGL field studies trip and they’re the real thing! Learning outside the classroom doesn’t get much better than this. Our courses take place at three of the finest field studies locations in the UK and are designed, in consultation with you, to meet your students’ needs as well as the requirements of the curriculum. A well organised field studies course extends pupils’ knowledge; developing their investigative and analytical skills through hands-on learning - which is precisely what a PGL field studies course can do. It’s learning with a difference. Bring your pupils outside – and out of themselves – with us.

introduction

contents

2

2 introduction 4 a cut above the rest 6 geography KS3 8 geography GCSE 10 geography A level 12 geology A level 14 biology & environmental science A level 16 our centres 24 teacher guide

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk


3


a cut above the rest

When you take your students on a field studies trip, you need to be confident it’s going to be time out of the classroom well spent; time packed full of learning (but fun as well); time which inspires and increases knowledge. Our excellent facilities, accommodation and support from fully trained staff, combined with over 50 years of experience mean you can be sure of getting the most from your time at PGL.

Supporting you all the way

Our field studies specialists have honours degrees in a relevant subject and will use their local knowledge and experience to deliver the very best course programme. They’ll take responsibility for the safety of your group during sessions so you can be assured of being in safe hands. Staff are generally allocated in the ratio of 1:12 for students studying up to GCSE or Standard Grade level, and 1:6 for Advanced Level or Higher Grade groups. Alternatively if you prefer to teach your group yourself for some or all of the time, and require help with safety management and logistics, we’ll help you make it happen.

INTRODUCTION

PGL gives you more

NEW mobile tablet devices have been introduced to record data in the field, including numerical data, descriptions, photos and video. This data can be downloaded on return to centre for analysis during evening sessions or taken back to school for use later.

Scottish Schools

We have a long history in providing for Scottish schools, particularly on the Isle of Arran, and are able to tailor our study modules to meet the requirements of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

As well as our expert field studies specialists, you’ll be supported by our teams at your chosen centre who are dedicated to making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Full board accommodation, the use of specialist equipment (including interactive whiteboards, projectors, ICT facilities) and a generous allocation of free places for teachers (in the ratio of 1:8) are all included in the cost of your course.

Controlled Assessments

Tailor-made learning

Common Entrance Examinations

Our tried, tested and trusted modular field studies courses have been designed to meet your curriculum requirements. You can discuss your options with our specialist team, who will help you customise your course in terms of focus, techniques employed, equipment used and any other key areas that will enhance the outcomes for your group. Combined courses across any subject areas are available on request.

4

We’ll also be happy to arrange coach travel so you can exploit the area you are visiting to the full.

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

By working alongside teachers in setting up the relevant conditions for controlled assessments, we can cater for the requirements of all the major examination boards. If you would like to arrange a controlled assessment as part of your itinerary, we’d be delighted to help.

Do you have pupils sitting a Common Entrance Examination? We can set up investigations or help with scenarios. Call us for more information.

All PGL centres have been approved and awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.


“

PGL is the best company I have booked with for a school trip in terms of their standard of teaching and accommodation. Holyrood Secondary School

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

�

5


geography KS3/S1-S3

Practical examples and case studies convert classroom-based learning into a deeper understanding of the subject. On our KS3 courses we offer topics that benefit enormously from field study, including landscapes, rivers, settlements, rocks and fossils. All the equipment necessary for collecting ‘evidence’ appropriate to the task is provided, plus activity sheets and an optional evening session to summarise the day’s work.

Popular study modules Rivers and Fluvial Systems

River form and function, from source to mouth, are studied, considering factors such as width, depth, velocity, hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter and sediment size, along with common fluvial formations such as point bars, meanders, river cliffs and braided channels. Data gathered in the field and digital photographs can be used when writing up the day’s findings.

Geology, Rocks and Fossils

Students examine sedimentary rocks formed under a range of environmental conditions. They also have the opportunity to discuss the tectonic events that have shaped the landscape, with specific reference to the site they are visiting. Students then have the opportunity to hunt for fossils, examining the process of fossilization, from living creature to potential museum piece.

Coastal Formations, Environments and Processes

Using local examples such as stacks, stumps, arches and wave-cut platforms, students discuss the formation of coastal features and their development over time. Wider coastal processes, types of erosion, transportation and deposition can be discussed and measured through beach profiling. Some locations display a number of approaches to sea defences and wider coastal management. Some centres have access to contrasting coastline locations and this can be discussed with you before you travel. For details of all modules available and a full breakdown by session and exam board, visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies

The PGL Adventure bonus

Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing, and abseiling to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

OUR courses

A typical course (based at PGL Osmington Bay) - also available at Little Canada and Loch Ranza

6

day 1

day 2

day 3

day 4

Arrive and unpack Dinner Evening Entertainment: Olympics

Breakfast River Study: River Wey Lunch Field Work Techniques Beach Profiling Dinner Evening Entertainment: Capture the Flag

Breakfast Urban Study: Tourism in Weymouth (with packed lunch) Zip Wire Dinner Evening Entertainment: Robot Wars

Breakfast Half day at Studland: Psammoseral Succession Lunch Depart centre

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

Fri-Sun from

£94+ VAT

Mon-Fri from

£204+ VAT


The superbly led field studies sessions will allow our students to put together some excellent geography projects . St Andrew’s School

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

7


geography GCSE/S4-S5

Do you want to concentrate on coursework? Can we help with - or run - a controlled assessment? Do you need to challenge your most able students, or concentrate on the C/D borderlines? Do you need to focus on specific exam questions? Our staff assist in any way you like - by teaching, facilitating, or observing and managing safety. We improve grades by firing your pupils’ enthusiasm or guiding their preparation for exams. So, when it’s all about results, tailor your course with us to focus on the learning you need - at the best location for it.

Popular study modules

Rivers and Fluvial Systems The form and function of rivers from source to mouth are studied. Factors considered include width, depth, velocity, hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter, surface run off, sediment size and common fluvial formations such as point bars, meanders, river cliffs and braided channels. Data gathered in the field and digital photos taken can be used when writing up the day’s findings. Granite Landscapes (only available at Loch Ranza) The day involves a 9km hill walk and an ascent of Goat Fell, Arran’s highest peak. Landforms, land use and the interaction between people and the landscape are examined and used to construct a case study of a glaciated upland landscape formed on granite. The balance of the day is divided between structural control (tors, clitter slopes and drainage patterns), glacial processes (corrie formation, pyramidal peaks, trim lines) and management (footpath management, the role of Access Trusts in Scotland) according to the needs of the individual group.

Urban Study All our centres have access to urban and rural settlements which can be used for a number of purposes depending upon your specific requirements. A classic settlement study, with mapping and a focus on form, function, site and situation, can be adapted to focus on a key local industry such as tourism, or on a topic such as rebranding, by visiting the most relevant areas of the settlement and provision of specific questions, discussion topics and tasks. Coastal Processes and Management The formation of coastal features and their evolution over time is discussed using local examples. Stacks, stumps, wave-cut platforms and caves are examined and, where present, cusps and berms. If desired, a beach profile can be constructed. Conflicts of interest between different social or economic groups may be examined, through cost-benefit analysis or investigated using a range of data-collection methods. For details of all modules available and a full breakdown by session and exam board, visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies

OUR courses

A typical course (based at PGL Osmington Bay) - also available at Little Canada and Loch Ranza

8

day 1

day 2

day 3

day 4

Arrive and unpack Dinner Evening Entertainment: Sports Night

Breakfast Full day at River Wey: River Study (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at Durdle Door and Lulworth Castle: Coastal Processes and Formations (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Raft building Lunch Depart centre

Fri-Sun from

Mon-Fri from

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

£94+ VAT £204+ VAT


The equipment available for fieldwork was outstanding and we were able to produce some excellent data which will be incredibly useful for our controlled assessments.

St Joseph’s College

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

9


geography A level/S6

Choose PGL at A level for our fine locations and for our experience of supporting students studying for all the major exam boards. We take small groups of your students and offer high levels of staff support - so we are happy to deal with individual investigations or hypotheses. We provide tablet devices for recording data; IT facilities for analysing data and preparing reports and for considering online case studies for comparison and for secondary evidence. Ensuring we succeed in meeting your specific needs is our priority, so we take plenty of time before your arrival to discuss these, along with safety management and logistical support.

Popular study modules

Coastal Environments The formation of coastal features and their development is discussed using examples such as stacks, stumps, arches, wave-cut platforms, cusps and berms. Wider coastal processes, types of erosion, transportation and deposition can be discussed and measured through beach profiling. At some locations there is evidence of a range of approaches to sea defences and wider coastal management. Some centres also have access to contrasting coastline locations. Rivers and Fluvial Systems The form and function of rivers from source to mouth are studied. Factors considered include width, depth, discharge, hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter and common fluvial formations such as point bars, meanders, river cliffs and braided channels. Data gathered in the field and digital photos can be used when writing up the day’s findings and compared with available data such as hydrographs, depth and rainfall data if required. Full scale crosssections can be produced and the hydraulic radius, wetted area and wetted perimeter calculated.

Cold Environments (only available at Loch Ranza) The morning concentrates on the polygenetic landscape of Glen Easain (including glacial, fluvial, mass movement and anthropogenic processes), with practical analysis of a sediment deposit. In the afternoon students explore the glacial features and processes which have shaped Glen Rosa. Field sites include a terminal moraine and landscape analysis of glaciation landforms, and the pro-glacial environment. Crowded Coasts Students investigate the natural diversity of the coast and the concentration of the population in coastal areas. They examine the causes and effects of competition and conflicts such as the demand for space and the compromise between economic benefits and environmental costs. Students can also investigate how coastal development is increasingly at risk from physical processes and the challenges of coastal defence and management. For details of all modules available and a full breakdown by session and exam board, visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies

OUR courses

A typical course (based at PGL Little Canada) - also available at Osmington Bay and Loch Ranza

10

day 1

day 2

day 3

day 4

Arrive and unpack Dinner Evening Entertainment: Quiz

Breakfast Full day at River Medina: Fluvial Investigation (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at Freshwater and Ventnor: Coastal Management (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Half day at Newport and Wootton: Urban and Rural Settlement Comparison Lunch Depart centre

Fri-Sun from

Mon-Fri from

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

ÂŁ84+ VAT ÂŁ194+ VAT


The study sessions to review and recap the work done on our field trips were excellent. St George’s School

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

11


geology A level/S6

(also available at KS3 & GCSE)

For students of A level geology you could choose no better than PGL. Our high ratio of knowledgeable and experienced staff means A level groups are given ample support to follow their individual projects; our staff are familiar with approved project locations and we are able to supply existing fieldwork titles that have been approved by the OCR exam board. Our Loch Ranza centre on the Isle of Arran is highly recommended and offers unparalleled access to the ’birthplace of geology’ on the island often referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’ and visited annually by up to 30% of all geology students in the UK.

Popular study modules

An Introduction to Field Geology The day provides a superb introduction to describing and interpreting rocks by examining the local sediments. Students carry out macro and micro observations of the rocks, which include analysing a series of way-up criteria, a variety of fold structures, and will learn the use of a compass-clinometer in the recording of dip and strike. Students will use these observations to map a local feature. Change in the Carboniferous (only available at Loch Ranza) Students produce a graphic log of the Laggan cyclothem, carry out fossil studies of life (Gigantoproductids) and death (bioclastic limestone) assemblages and paleoenvironmental interpretation of a cyclothem. The change in palaeolatitude is apparent as students move from the tropical semi-arid through equatorial conditions of the Carboniferous into the desert environments of the Permian.

An Introduction to Igneous Rocks (only available at Loch Ranza) Students investigate a section through a playa lake containing fossilized tree stumps, desiccation cracks and evaporates. They’ll become proficient in classifying igneous rocks according to crystal size and composition and providing accurate descriptions of crystal shapes and igneous textures. Examples of a range of small scale igneous features will be examined including internal baked margins, xenocrysts, xenoliths and flame structures. Students will also be able to look at some dinosaur footprint trace fossils and interpret the environment of deposition. Field Mapping Using a local landmark or feature, students learn the basic techniques and approaches to geological mapping and data collection, which can serve either as an introduction or a review of their understanding. For details of all modules available and a full breakdown by session and exam board, visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies

OUR courses

A typical course (based at PGL Loch Ranza) - also available at Osmington Bay and Little Canada

12

day 1

day 2

day 3

day 4

day 5

Arrive and unpack Dinner Evening Entertainment: Ambush

Breakfast Full day at Loch Ranza: Introduction to Field Geology (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at North Arran/Corrie: Change in the Carboniferous (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at Tormore: Introduction to Igneous Geology (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Half day at North Glen Sannox: CrossCutting Relationships and Relative Dating: Lunch Depart centre

Fri-Sun from

Mon-Fri from

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

£84+ VAT £194+ VAT


“

The staff work really hard and we very much appreciate the efforts they put in. There is obviously a lot of passion for the subjects they teach.

�

The Helena Romanes School

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

13


biology & environmental science A level/S6

(also available at KS3 & GCSE)

All our field study centres enjoy a coastal location as well as excellent access to fluvial environments and diverse vegetation. This means your A level students benefit from the outstanding support of our high staff-to-student ratio combined with outstanding locations for their field studies. Tablet devices for recording data and IT facilities for further study are provided to help meet your needs. We also devote time and effort to discussing and arranging the important details of your stay before your arrival.

Popular study modules Marine Zonation At a nearby beach, students explore marine life in the foreshore microhabitats. Starting in the splash zone and working through the upper and lower intertidal zones, students identify, study and collect as many organisms as possible and also describe their adaptations and the stress factors affecting these numbers, zone by zone. Freshwater Pollution/Stream Ecology Students investigate biotic and abiotic factors in a freshwater system. Moving between sample sites, they focus primarily on the change in invertebrate communities or pollution levels. Students use sweep sampling, nitrate strips, the BMWP index, and identification keys.

Succession The process of succession can be studied across a range of locations and environments. Biotic and abiotic variables can be measured and the plant specifics present identified and categorised. Data can be collected and presented in a number of ways and the timeline of change in the habitat examined. Opportunities will be provided to discuss human impacts and development where relevant. Centres have access to psammoseres, haloseres, lithoseres and hydroseres; please call us to discuss your requirements if you have a specific preference. For details of all modules available and a full breakdown by session and exam board, visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies

OUR courses

A typical course (based at PGL Loch Ranza) - also available at Osmington Bay and Little Canada

14

day 1

day 2

day 3

day 4

day 5

Arrive and unpack Dinner Evening Entertainment: Casino night

Breakfast Introduction to Ecology & Sampling Techniques Lunch Introduction to Marine Ecology Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at River Chalmadale: Freshwater Ecology of a Mountain Stream (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Full day at Loch Ranza/Newton Point: Marine Zonation on a Rocky Shore (with packed lunch) Dinner Follow-up sessions

Breakfast Ecological Succession on a Hydrosere Lunch Depart centre

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

Fri-Sun from

ÂŁ84+ VAT

Mon-Fri from

ÂŁ194+ VAT


“

A stunning location with outstanding facilities, providing first class field studies, led by excellent leaders. Our first visit, but we will definitely be back next year.

�

Cowplain Community School

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

15


places to explore No matter which location you choose for your PGL field trip, you’ll be surrounded by features of interest and world renowned areas for study.

Each centre has plenty of classroom space, projectors and large screen TVs to help your students get the most from their visit. And, after a day out ‘in the field’ with your group, you’ll be glad of a cosy single or twin room (usually en suite with tea and coffee making facilities), conveniently close to your group. They’ll enjoy comfortable 4-6 bedded rooms or cabins - again, usually en suite. You’ll also be pleased to discover that all meals are freshly cooked and accompanied by generous portions of vegetables and salad, as well as plenty of fruit and carbohydrate for energy.

Preview Weekends A preview visit allows you to explore your chosen centre and its facilities and discover the benefits of a PGL Field Studies trip. Full board accommodation for you, plus your spouse, partner or colleague and up to two of your children is provided free of charge. It’s a great opportunity to talk to our staff and get a real taste of the PGL experience!

our centres

For forthcoming preview dates and venues please visit: www.pgl.co.uk/previews

16

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk


17


the isle of arran

Arran is one of the finest field studies locations in Europe, known as ‘Scotland in miniature’ due to the mountains in the north and the gentler lowlands in the south. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to study; post glacial raised beaches, rocks spanning all the main periods of the last 600 million years plus the famous unconformity discovered by James Hutton, the father of modern geology. Streams, rivers, hills and coastline all provide opportunities for students of physical geography, biology and environmental science to practise and develop their investigative skills. For students of human geography, Arran’s history, ancient and modern, is stamped on the landscape and easily accessible for study. Neolithic cairns and Bronze Age stone circles indicate early settlers; deserted glens are testament to the 19th century clearances, while the impact of modern tourism can be seen in Brodick and Lamlash. Scottish Schools Our extensive experience of providing for Scottish schools means we can tailor our study modules to meet the requirements of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

PGL loch ranza

For further information on this centre, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/lochranza

Loch Ranza stands at the northern end of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde. The scenery and the wildlife here are stunning - keep your eye out for dolphins, basking sharks and red squirrels. There’s plenty to explore near the centre itself and along the coastline. Access to Arran is by ferry from Ardrossan on the mainland, to Brodick and takes approximately 55 minutes. Our centre, Loch Ranza, is at the northwest of the island, halfan-hour’s drive from Brodick. You can choose to complement your study course with free on-site adventure activities which take place in the centre grounds, supervised by PGL instructors.

Perth

A9

Stirling

our centres

Accommodation

18

Pupils: Dormitories and smaller shared rooms close to shower and toilet facilities Teachers: Single or twin rooms, mostly en suite

Facilities

Classrooms Teachers’ lounge ICT facilities Shop Games room Drying room Common room

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

Adventure Activities Include Archery Canoeing Climbing Gorge Walking Mountain Biking Orienteering Raft Building

M9

Dumbarton M8

Glasgow M8 M77

Ardrossan A738

Isle of Arran

A71

Irvine

Kilmarnock

M74


What can I do at Loch Ranza?

Below are just some of the modules available, for a full list of study modules, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies Physical Geography ◾ Rivers and Fluvial Systems ◾ Fluvial Processes, Management and Environments

Human Geography ◾ Crowded Coasts ◾ Urban Study

Geology ◾ Introduction to Field Geology ◾ Introduction to Igneous Rocks ◾ Hutton’s Unconformity

Biology and Environmental Science ◾ Freshwater Ecology and Sampling Techniques

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

19


dorset and the jurassic coast

England’s Jurassic Coast features some of the most impressive geographical, geological and ecological sites in the country. Stretching for 95 miles from Orcombe Point, East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, East Dorset, this World Heritage site presents a snapshot of 180 million years of earth’s history. And PGL Osmington Bay is right at the heart of it. The major geological sites of Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door are all easily accessible, along with an extensive section of the Jurassic Coast itself. The coastline, rivers and local landscapes provide ideal material for comparative investigations, and the wide range of habitats enable in-depth study of a variety of themes, such as the effect of farming on biodiversity, and freshwater pollution.

PGL osmington bay

For further information on this centre, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/osmingtonbay

PGL Osmington Bay lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, just 5½ miles from Weymouth. It’s a fantastic place to bring your students for that hands-on learning experience only a Field Studies trip can provide. Osmington Bay has direct access to the beach and the fossil-rich rocks, so they can start their investigations straight away. You can choose to complement your study course with free on-site adventure activities which take place in the centre grounds, supervised by PGL instructors.

our centres

Accommodation

20

Pupils: Chalets with en suite rooms, sleeping 4-6 Teachers: Single or twin en suite rooms

Facilities

Pond study area Sports hall ICT facilities and interactive whiteboards Indoor Activity Zone Classrooms Teachers’ lounge Teachers’ bar Shop

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

Adventure Activities Include Abseiling Aeroball Archery Climbing Fencing Giant Swing Mountain Biking Trapeze

M5 M4

M4

M25

Bristol Weston-Super-Mare M5

A303

Southampton

A34

M3 A3

A27

Portsmouth A35

Weymouth


What can I do at Osmington Bay?

Below are just some of the modules available, for a full list of study modules, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies Physical Geography ◾ Coastal Management, Processes and Features ◾ Rivers and Fluvial Systems

Human Geography ◾ Rebranding Places ◾ Rural Settlements

Geology ◾ Geological Investigation ◾ Geology, Rocks and Fossils ◾ Geology and Landscapes

Biology and Environmental Science ◾ F  reshwater Pollution and Stream Ecology ◾ Psammoseral Succession

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

21


the isle of wight

Known as England in miniature, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for a field studies trip thanks to its rich geographical diversity, an abundance of dinosaur fossils and its status as a tourist destination. 120 million years of deposition, folding and erosion have created a varied surface geology. A chalk spine bisects the island from the Needles in the west to Culver cliffs in the east, and gives the island its highest point at 240 metres. More than 50% of the island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a further 20% is deemed to be of Special Scientific Interest. Downland, ancient woodland, wide beaches, rocky coves, chalk cliffs and estuaries provide a rich learning environment where your students can develop and refine their investigative skills across a range of subjects including biology, environmental science and geography. Tourism on the island generates a considerable number of issues worthy of investigation, including the conflict between wealth generation and conservation of wildlife habitats.

PGL little canada

For further information on this centre, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/littlecanada

Little Canada is just five minutes from the Fishbourne ferry on the banks of Wootton Creek and stands in 48 acres of grounds. This picturesque centre has private access to the water and is the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the Isle of Wight on one of our field studies courses. We will be happy to arrange ferry crossing for your group and transport to the centre. You can choose to complement your study course with free on-site adventure activities which take place in the centre grounds, supervised by PGL instructors.

our centres

Accommodation

22

Pupils: En suite cabins, sleep 4-8 Teachers: Single, twin or triple en suite cabins Woodlands House: Victorian house and gardens Pupils: En suite rooms, sleep 2-8 Teachers: Single or twin rooms

Facilities

Indoor Activity Area Classrooms ICT facilities and interactive whiteboards Indoor swimming pool Sports hall Teachers’ lounge Teachers’ bar Shop

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

Adventure Activities Include Abseiling Aeroball Challenge Course Climbing Quad Biking Trapeze Zip Wire

M5 M4

M4

M25

Bristol A34

Weston-Super-Mare M5

M3 A3

A303

Southampton

A27

Portsmouth A35

Weymouth

Isle of Wight


What can I do at Little Canada?

Below are just some of the modules available, for a full list of study modules, please visit www.pgl.co.uk/fieldstudies Physical Geography ◾ Coastal Management, Processes and Features ◾ Rivers and Fluvial Systems

Human Geography ◾ UK Tourism Investigation ◾ Human Impact and Conservation

Geology ◾ Geology, Rocks and Fossils ◾ Geology and Landscapes

Biology and Environmental Science ◾ M  arine Zonation ◾ World of Invertebrates

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

23


party leader information

We want to make the process of booking and organising your trip as smooth and straightforward for you as possible. Whether you’ve booked with us before, or this is your first time, our Head Office team are just a phone call away and are ready to help. If you have any questions and cannot find the answers here, please contact us directly and we will be delighted to help.

Why choose PGL ◾ PGL courses are shaped to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and exam boards ◾ On-centre PGL staff will fully support your group ◾ We provide risk assessments for every PGL centre and location ◾ Our centres are approved for use by schools like yours ◾ Free preview visits PGL is a member of ABTA which means our customers benefit from ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. For added peace of mind All PGL staff are subject to rigorous internal vetting, DBS checks and completion of training and assessment courses. For details of all staffing policies, please visit www.pgl.co.uk My PGL Our web-based teacher resource facility provides you with a range of essential information to make organising your school trip as simple and as straightforward as possible. Visit our website at www.pgl.co.uk to access and monitor your booking details and download forms and documents required to proceed with your booking. Organising your trip Once you’ve made a no-obligation provisional booking we’ll send you a Party Leader Booking pack containing useful information and material to help you promote your trip in school.

Insurance PGL prices include extensive travel insurance cover for groups originating from the UK organised through travel insurance specialists Fogg Travel Insurance Services Ltd (Fogg). The policy is underwritten by Union Reiseversicherung AG (URV). Fogg and URV are regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). URV is a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. PGL Travel Limited is an Appointed Representative of Fogg enabling us to arrange insurance cover especially tailored for our courses. Cover can be arranged for non-UK schools and groups at a supplement. Full details of the policy are available online at www.pgl.co.uk and will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. Please ensure you read the policy for the full terms, conditions and exclusions applicable. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the policy may result in cover being restricted. The following is a brief synopsis of the cover: Cancellation/loss of deposit

Up to £1,000

Curtailment

Up to £1,000

Emergency medical expenses

Up to £10,000

Personal accident cover

Up to £25,000

Personal possessions Personal money

Up to £1,500 Up to £500 (£200 under 18s)

Personal liability

Up to £1m

Organiser’s liability

Up to £5m

teacher guide

Excesses Please note that there is an excess of £35, £100 for liability and £250 for legal advice and expenses clauses.

24

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk


ABTA No.V2683

travel & security

Coach travel We have contracts with more than 85 UK coach companies, all of which have been audited and approved to ensure they comply with our exacting safety standards and Code of Practice. Coach safety All coaches must comply with strict UK Coaching Regulations and also our Coach Contract, including: ◾ ◾ ◾ ◾ ◾ ◾

P  ost 2006 vehicles 2  4 hour breakdown assistance D  BS check of all drivers F  ull vehicle insurance cover T  he fitting of lap belts for use by all passengers C  ompliance with R66 roll-over protection

24 hour care In the unlikely event of a breakdown, we have procedures in place to ensure that your coach is repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. PGL emergency staff are on call 24 hours a day to ensure effective liaison with all parties – your coach company, the driver, our transport manager and you. Safety and Security With over 50 years’ experience of running school trips, our operating policies and practices are built on a wealth of knowledge – resulting in our excellent safety record. Our Code of Practice and Safety Management System documents contain summaries of our safety systems and procedures with regard to all the courses we run. They are designed to ensure that we meet all legal requirements, establish clearly the standards which must be met to meet the Company’s requirements and ensure consistency across all the products that we offer. These documents can be downloaded from our website www.pgl.co.uk

teacher guide

Travelling in the UK If you are travelling to a PGL centre within the UK, transport is not included in your course price; however we will be delighted to arrange competitively priced coach travel to and from your chosen centre or provide you with a quotation if required. We arrange standard coach travel for the majority of groups travelling with us. We are also happy to arrange ferry crossings for guests travelling to our centres at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight and Loch Ranza on the Isle of Arran.

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

25


how to book & what’s included Step 1

Contact us for a quote Call us on 0870 460 5260 for a competitive quote and to discuss your requirements. Alternatively you can visit www.pgl.co.uk/quote for an online quote and we’ll contact you with prices and availability when it’s convenient for you.

Step 2

Make a no-obligation provisional booking Call us on 0870 460 5260 to make a NO-OBLIGATION provisional booking. We will reserve your space and send you everything you need to proceed with your reservation.

Step 3

Advertise your trip We’ll send you a provisional booking pack containing your Booking Contract and a range of promotional material to help advertise your trip. The pack also contains a Party Leader Booking Guide which takes you through each stage of the booking, provides answers to frequently asked questions and offers tips, advice and support.

Step 4

Confirm the booking Return your completed Booking Contract along with your initial deposits (see below). The deposit is non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to another party member if a replacement is found.

... And we take care of the rest!

Your booking arrangements will be looked after personally by a member of our experienced Customer Support Team.

teacher guide

Payment Details

26

We require a small deposit to confirm your booking. An interim payment is then required 8 weeks after this initial deposit is made. Deposits and interim payments for courses: Duration of course Initial Deposit Interim Payment Fri – Sun £20 + VAT £30 + VAT Fri – Mon £25 + VAT £35 + VAT Mon – Wed £25 + VAT £35 + VAT Wed – Fri £25 + VAT £35 + VAT Mon – Fri £40 + VAT £60 + VAT

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

What our prices include ◾ Full board accommodation as described (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ◾ Field Study modules including worksheets, course materials and fieldwork equipment ◾ Optional adventure activities ◾ All activity instruction and supervision including use of specialist equipment ◾ Varied evening entertainment programme ◾ PGL staff support during your stay ◾ Generous free places for teachers and Party Leaders ◾ Free Preview Visits for first-time Party Leaders ◾ Substantial discounts for Party Leader’s family members ◾ Pack of supporting material to help you promote your trip in school ◾ Extensive insurance cover for UK schools and groups PGL is a member of ABTA which means our customers benefit from ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. What is extra? ◾ Travel to and from the centre (Loch Ranza prices include coach transfer from Brodick to and from the centre) ◾ Meals en route to the centre ◾ Bedding ◾ Pupils’ spending money ◾ Travel and entrance fees for excursions and off-site visits Concessionary Places The Party Leader’s partner and up to 2 of his or her children, aged16 or under may travel at 50% of the pupil price. Concessionary places are limited to a maximum of 10% of the full paying party size and are not included when calculating free place allocations or minimum party sizes.


2014 prices Prices shown are in £ per person excluding VAT 20 Apr - 16 May - 23 May - 1 Jun 15 May 22 May 31 May 27 Jun

28 Jun - 27 Jul 26 Jul 6 Sep

7 Sep - 14 Sep - 24 Oct 13 Sep 23 Oct 31 Dec

94+VAT 119+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 214+VAT

114+VAT 129+VAT 164+VAT 164+VAT 284+VAT

144+VAT 159+VAT 199+VAT 199+VAT 334+VAT

98+VAT 119+VAT 134+VAT 134+VAT 224+VAT

144+VAT 159+VAT 199+VAT 199+VAT 334+VAT

144+VAT 159+VAT 199+VAT 199+VAT 334+VAT

104+VAT 119+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 224+VAT

109+VAT 124+VAT 144+VAT 144+VAT 234+VAT

114+VAT 134+VAT 164+VAT 164+VAT 264+VAT

94+VAT 119+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 204+VAT

94+VAT 114+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 214+VAT

114+VAT 134+VAT 179+VAT 179+VAT 289+VAT

144+VAT 169+VAT 204+VAT 204+VAT 344+VAT

99+VAT 119+VAT 144+VAT 144+VAT 224+VAT

144+VAT 169+VAT 204+VAT 204+VAT 344+VAT

150+VAT 179+VAT 214+VAT 214+VAT 350+VAT

99+VAT 119+VAT 139+VAT 139+VAT 224+VAT

109+VAT 124+VAT 144+VAT 144+VAT 234+VAT

114+VAT 134+VAT 169+VAT 169+VAT 279+VAT

94+VAT 119+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 204+VAT

99+VAT 109+VAT 134+VAT 134+VAT 229+VAT

134+VAT 154+VAT 169+VAT 169+VAT 279+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

84+VAT 104+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 194+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

99+VAT 119+VAT 139+VAT 139+VAT 224+VAT

109+VAT 124+VAT 144+VAT 144+VAT 234+VAT

139+VAT 159+VAT 174+VAT 174+VAT 284+VAT

84+VAT 104+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 194+VAT

99+VAT 109+VAT 134+VAT 134+VAT 229+VAT

134+VAT 154+VAT 169+VAT 169+VAT 279+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

84+VAT 104+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 194+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

159+VAT 179+VAT 209+VAT 209+VAT 354+VAT

99+VAT 119+VAT 139+VAT 139+VAT 224+VAT

109+VAT 124+VAT 144+VAT 144+VAT 234+VAT

139+VAT 159+VAT 174+VAT 174+VAT 284+VAT

84+VAT 104+VAT 129+VAT 129+VAT 194+VAT

23 Feb - 23 Mar - 4 Apr 22 Mar 3 Apr 19 Apr

KEY STAGE 3 & 4 / STANDARD GRADE Little Canada, Isle of Wight 94+VAT 94+VAT 94+VAT Fri - Sun Fri - Mon 119+VAT 119+VAT 124+VAT Mon - Wed 134+VAT 134+VAT 144+VAT Wed - Fri 134+VAT 134+VAT 144+VAT Mon - Fri 204+VAT 214+VAT 244+VAT OSMINGTON BAY, DORSET N/A 104+VAT 104+VAT Fri - Sun Fri - Mon N/A 124+VAT 124+VAT Mon - Wed N/A 144+VAT 154+VAT Wed - Fri N/A 144+VAT 154+VAT Mon - Fri N/A 224+VAT 254+VAT A LEVEL / HIGHER GRADE Little Canada, Isle of Wight 99+VAT 119+VAT 139+VAT Fri - Sun Fri - Mon 109+VAT 139+VAT 159+VAT Mon - Wed 134+VAT 139+VAT 164+VAT Wed - Fri 134+VAT 139+VAT 164+VAT Mon - Fri 229+VAT 239+VAT 259+VAT OSMINGTON BAY, DORSET 99+VAT 119+VAT 139+VAT Fri - Sun Fri - Mon 109+VAT 139+VAT 159+VAT Mon - Wed 134+VAT 139+VAT 164+VAT Wed - Fri 134+VAT 139+VAT 164+VAT Mon - Fri 229+VAT 239+VAT 259+VAT

01 Jan - 16 Feb - 02 Mar - 20 Jul - 17 Aug - 26 Oct 15 Feb 01 Mar 19 Jul 16 Aug 25 Oct 31 Dec ALL LEVELS Loch Ranza, Isle of Arran Fri - Sun 119+VAT 119+VAT 129+VAT Fri - Mon 144+VAT 139+VAT 149+VAT Mon - Fri 194+VAT 224+VAT 269+VAT Sun - Fri 234+VAT 254+VAT 314+VAT Sat - Fri 269+VAT 289+VAT 339+VAT

When to travel

119+VAT 144+VAT 194+VAT 234+VAT 269+VAT

129+VAT 149+VAT 269+VAT 314+VAT 339+VAT

Loch Ranza prices include coach transfer - Brodick to & from the centre. Other transport at a supplement. Free places 1:8.

119+VAT 144+VAT 194+VAT 234+VAT 269+VAT

Autumn and spring for choice, value and flexibility With our centres open for up to 11 months of the year, schools have plenty of flexibility when considering when to travel. Choose to travel in the autumn or spring to benefit from lower prices, as well as other advantages such as quieter centres and more choice.

Weekends for KS4 / Standard Grade and A level / Higher Grade students We appreciate that taking students out of different classes during the week in exam years can be difficult. Our weekend courses offer the ideal solution as well as representing great value for money.

teacher guide

1 Jan 22 Feb

Terms and Conditions For full details of our Terms and Conditions, please see our current Outdoor Education Brochure.

Call 0870 460 5260 or visit www.pgl.co.uk

27


we are pgl

We give young people the freedom to be the best they can be. We inspire confidence to realise their full potential. We push limits to achieve great things and reach the unreachable. We listen and learn new ways to be better. We take the classroom outside for a learning experience like no other. We place adventure at the heart of everything we do. We stimulate young minds by bringing learning to life. We help the journey of self-discovery. We create life-enriching adventures for memories that last a lifetime. And we’ve been doing so since 1957.

Also from PGL Outdoor Education Primary Schools

Outdoor Education Secondary Schools

Maths, Science and ICT Ski and Snowboard Secondary Schools Secondary Schools

French Language and Culture Primary and Secondary Schools

Pure Adventure Secondary Schools

www.pgl.co.uk/brochures follow us @pgltravel

join us facebook.com/pglschoolsandgroups

PGL Travel Ltd. Alton Court, Penyard Lane, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5GL Tel: 0870 460 5260 Fax: 0844 371 1221 Email: schools@pgl.co.uk Web: www.pgl.co.uk Registered in England No 1191534

15068

ABTA No.V2683


2014 PGL Field Studies Brochure  

For Secondary Schools at PGL centres in the UK 2014.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you