Marle Hall Outdoor Education Centre has been running outdoor activity programmes since 1971 and has an excellent safety record.
The Centre is approved by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) through the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) to deliver outdoor activities to young people. This licence indicates that the Centre has been inspected, with attention being paid to our safety management systems and that we comply with nationally accepted standards of good practice and our staff are suitably qualified and experienced.
Our AALA reference number is R0051 and licence number is L9592.
This may be viewed at: http://www.aals.org.uk/aals/provider_detail.php?ref_no=R0051
All of the tutorial staff employed at the Centre are highly qualified instructors with a breadth and depth of experience in the outdoor industry spanning many years. They will ensure that the experience you have at Marle Hall will be safe, educational and fun. They are all first aid trained and have an enhanced CRB/DBS clearance.
All specialist equipment for every activity is provided by Marle Hall. This equipment meets relevant National and International safety standards and is regularly inspected, tested and replaced as necessary.
Although the overall programmes are planned well in advance, each morning the instructors, senior staff and visiting group leaders meet to discuss the location, level of activity, weather, particular outcomes for the day, safety and group management issues before a final decision is reached. This ensures that the activity is tailored towards the groups needs and each individual is catered for. We are not an activity 'holiday' centre that operates just within our own grounds, consequently the robustness of the safety systems and the quality of the staff reflect this.
Managing risk is fundamental to everything we do at Marle hall. Each activity has been risk assessed in advance for each venue that we use. The instructors and tutorial staff then continue to manage risk on a minute by minute basis throughout the day, in line with the Centre's Operational Guidance document.
The Centre also works within the remit of Warwickshire County Council's Outdoor Education guidelines, found in their Off-Site Activities Guidance document, available at every Warwickshire school.
All risk assessment documents are available to be viewed at the Centre at any time, and if you have any queries regarding any safety issues, please feel free to contact the Head of Centre who will be happy to discuss things with you.
Risk Management Summary | Warwickshire County Council - Offsite Activities
The Centre uses a range of vehicles including minibuses, people carriers, cars and occasionally coaches. All Centre-owned vehicles undergo regular servicing and safety checks in line with Warwickshire County Council guidelines. All externally hired vehicles are provided by a reputable local hire company, and checked and serviced regularly. All minibus drivers have passed a MIDAS minibus test, are insured through Warwickshire County Council and approved to drive under Warwickshire’s Driving at Work Policy.