Some feedback from our users...
"We feel no hesitation in saying that that the facility was admirably suited to our purposes, and would be first choice for accommodation should we be in the vicinity in the future. The spacious amenities afforded comfort to all and the value for money was clear compared to other accommodation we have used both recently and in the past"
Adelaide Morris men (accommodation only) - August 2015
Jude was amazing in engaging the children. They learnt all about habitats, plants and minibeasts.....can't wait for next year!
St Mary's Greenfield - July 2015
Superb - Our children live in urban areas and do not visit the countryside even though it is right on their doorstep!
St Patrick's Y2 - July 2015
Safe Activities. Enjoyable for all who came along. Learnt and developed new and existing skills & were encouraged at all times.
GMYN - July 2015
Excellent - Children all interacted & the activities really helped with their confidence, and by the end of the session the children had bonded and developed friendships
Oldham Fostering Service - July 2015
The boys were thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout the kayaking session. They didn't want to get out of the reservoir, they were having so much fun. Rod made sure that they were kept safe and busy. Another brilliant afternoon, (he) wants the same again next year! Thank you for giving us another memorable day!
Hardman family party - June 2015
Nick motivates and inspires the children to achieve above their own expectations - he has great subject knowledge and his enthusiasm is infectious. The children had a great day, as always. Thanks!
St Theresa's RC Primary - June 2015
"Repeat trip next year already planned!"
Hulme Kindergarten - June 2015
"The Children enjoyed the activities a great deal. The instructors were friendly, helpful and informative, especially Matt!"
St. Luke's CofE Primary - May 2015
(The children) had an opportunity to be involved in hands-on, practical activities that it would be impossible to replicate in school. Also the enthusiasm & knowledge of the leaders was inspiring & infectious.
Broadfield (Year2) - May 2015
Fantastic facility - lovely surroundings.... we will be back!
West end runners, Leicester (accommodation only) - May 2015
"I've been visiting Castleshaw for 18 years, and this is the best residential experience I have had, The children developed a great deal of confidence and thoroughly enjoyed themselves"
St Hilda's Primary - April/May 2015
"Brilliant, comfortable, nurturing learning environment"
Change4life - April 2015
"Excellent - As a new EVC, I am going away understanding my role & the necessary procedures"
Educational Visit Coordinator (EVC) training - St Mary's school, Failsworth - April 2015
As I wasn't the class teacher I was unsure what the specific L.O.'s for the day were....however, the staff were very flexible & gave several options relevant to the age and experiences of the children to shape a very successful day"
St. Anne's Primary, Royton - March 2015
"Valuable learning experiences and effective methods that the children enjoyed - it has helped embed the learning that took place"
Hey with Zion Primary School - February 2015
"A fantastic visit, thoroughly enjoyed by children & staff"
St Agnes CofE Primary, January 2015
Excellent, as last year, Thank you.
Huddersfield Climbing Club, Dec-Jan 2015
"A super day!"
St Herbert's RC School - November 2014
"Outstanding fun, with the ability to gel as a team...Excellent value!"
Grow Team : Economy & Skills, December 2014
"we choose to come back each year for this unit of work because of the high quality of provision and facilities.
Buckstones Primary - November 2014
"The staff at Castleshaw demonstrated patience and understanding with the group as well as with individual needs. Appropriate humour was used in order to engage and encourage the young people to participate and push themselves"
Chadderton & District youth Forum - October 2014
"All had a brilliant time - a great balanceof fun, learning, activity and outdoor experience. Thanks!"
Knowsley Junior School - October 2014
"Our reception class had a fantastic time at the centre. They were well catered for and the experiences they had were excellent."
Mather St. Primary - October 2014
"It was lovely to hear some of the Delph children talking proudly about their environment, and also for the Coppice children to experience. Children from both schools interacted well throughout the day."
Schools linking project - October 2014
"Fantastic ! Children learnt about how the Romans lived, and got to visit the countryside"
Knowsley Junior School - October 2014
"Enjoy the residential every year. Excellent value for money for children"
Watersheddings Primary - September 2014
"We brought a group of 15 blind and visually impaired students and their teachers and they had a fantastic experience here - they were delighted with the centre."
Japanese VI and Oldham VI team - August 2014
"a very informative day at the correct level for 5 & 6 year olds"
Holy Family RC Primary - July 2014
"..we requested a "fun day" and that was what we got.....From the point of booking to the end of the visit all Castleshaw staff were welcoming and efficient. Can't ask for any more then we got. Huge Thank You!"
Royton Hall Primary School - July 2014
"Once again, we were thrilled with the trip and are delighted that our pupils gained so much from this worthwhile experience."
Oldham Hulme Kindergarten Residential - June 2014
"A lot of the children I brought don't get experiences like this at home. For some it was their first time in the countryside. What an amazing experience!"
Mather Street Primary School - June 2014
"Fantastic for those who had and hadn't kayaked before. Great for team building and confidence building!........Fantastic party, beautiful grounds, Centre staff fabulous!"
Hardman family birthday party - May 2014
"Activities were age appropriate and allowed the children to be active learners"
Diggle Primary School (Y2) - May 2014
"The children had a fantastic time. They enjoyed participating in all of the activities which were appropriate to their age and ability. Thank you."
Delph Primary School - May 2014
"The team building exercises were well chosen to maximise co-operation and dialogue between the children of different schools.....Excellent"
Diggle Primary School (Y4) - May 2014
"It is our third year running the trip and it meets our needs exactly"
Saddleworth School - May 2014
" Cannot find fault with anything. Better weather would have been the only thing we would have changed!"
Knowsley Juniors - May 2014
"Faultless - looking forward to next visit"
Leicester Running Club (accommodation only) - May 2014
"The linking project with Holy Cross was really enhanced by the range of activities. ...A valuable and enjoyable day that met all the intended learning outcomes"
Holy Trinity School, Dobcross - April 2014
"The children loved the adventure playground and the rope maze activity. The walk was also good because it allowed the children to experience things they hadn't done before. We are hoping to maintain links and friendships built with the other school"
Thorp Primary School (Schools Linking project) - April 2014
"A fantastic learning experience for all involved....We love coming to Castleshaw and have never been disappointed"
St. Theresa's RC Primary School - April 2014
"Very effective- children had to co-operate in order to succeed. Many opportunities provided to communicate.... Invaluable experience"
St. Agnes Primary April 2014
"An outstanding visit right from first contact. Many thanks for providing a superb base for our family wedding nearby."
The Wright Family (accommodation only) - March 2014
"Great Centre, perfect for residential. Will use again."
Habonim Dror (accommodation only) - February 2014
"A wonderful overall experience; staff and children all thoroughly enjoyed it. We will definitely be returning"
" a magnificent team, doing magnificent work!"
Deeplish Primary School - February 2014
"A great weekend again - Thank You!"
St. John Ambulance (accommodation only) - January 2014
“Excellent – perfect for our needs”
Huddersfield Climbing Club & friends (accommodation only) - December2013/January 2014
“All the activities were a great success with our children and created great team building opportunities”
“We always enjoy our visits to Castleshaw and enjoy the whole experience. The staff are fantastic and look after us very well!”
Holy Trinity CE Dobcross Primary - November 2013
“I could not rate the value higher – thanks to Rod’s planning. All children benefitted from our 2 days in the outdoors – we had a memorable time. Thank you”
Fir Bank Primary - November 2013
“Great day / experience, children loved being outside and running around. Nick made the whole day enjoyable, his relationship with the children was great and they quickly “trusted him” which was lovely”
Hodge Clough Primary - November 2013
“Thank you for a fantastic day. The facilities for children with disabilities was excellent.”
Hey with Zion Primary - October 2013
“The children loved the orienteering and are keen to repeat this at school. The team work activities (paired work) was also great!”
“Brilliant! Would love to come again. It was a shame only one Yr3 class could come”
SS Aidan & Oswald / St Annes Primary - October 2013
"with support from centre staff, some group members tried activities they've never done before and increased in confidence over the two half days"
Barrier Breakers Youth group - July 2013
"The children really did come on leaps and bounds, and the staff were very pleased with the overall learning experience. Thank you."
"we look forward to visiting the centre next year"
Oldham Hulme Grammar Schools, Kindergarten - June 2013
"Some children who are reticent to talk in class really flourished and are still talking about the day"
St. Matthews Primary School - May 2013
"Children may never have had the opportunity to explore the countryside and compare the environment there to the one around their area without a Castleshaw visit."
Holy Rosary RC Primary School - May 2013
"I think you all do a tremendous job. Big hits were caving, climbing & Ghyll scramble....Staff are excellent!"
Hulme Grammar Preparatory School - June 2013
"it was wonderful to see the pupils having the opportunities to develop their knowledge of living things down at the stream, and working collaboratively on activities"
St Annes RC Primary School - April 2013
"The children really enjoyed the trip. The variety of activities kept them involved, as well as Nick's enthusiasm. Hope we can come again!"
Burnley Brow Primary School - March 2013
"Our science lessons based on habitats will be so much easier, now they have hands on experience to refer to.."
Holy Family RC Primary School - March 2013
"This session was for ladies over age 50. Some of them never had this kind of experience, or the opportunity to do so. This event really brought about confidence, courage and showed their hidden talents."
Saheli Women's group - October 2012
"The individuals always remember the session and see the day as a highlight of the project. Thanks!"
Voluntary Action Oldham - October 2012
“We have been including this residential experience as part of the Year 7 curriculum for many years. It is important in the early weeks of secondary school that pupils feel happy and settled in their new school. “It is an opportunity for the tutor group and their teacher to get to know each other in a special environment”.
Head of Year 7 - Royton & Crompton School-Sepember - October 2012
"I was really impressed with both the teaching and assessment aspect of the course - extremely thorough."
The Radcliffe School (GCSE PE Climbing) July 2012
“..pupils encouraged each other and worked better as a team as the day went on..”
Learning Mentor: Royton & Crompton School: May 2012
“The children gained a lot, and many commented that they hadn’t believed they would be able to complete the activities and, so felt a great increase in self esteem”
Class Teacher: North Chadderton School: May 2012
“The tutors were exceptional—v. knowledgeable, supportive and inclusive..”
GM Youth Network August 2011