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This page is currently WORK IN PROGRESS and we're adding new details all the time whilst teaching resources are in development for East Dene Centre


"One of the Island's premier outdoor education centres"

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The former home of Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne and formerly a convent, East Dene is set in 10 acres of stunning woodland with views across the English Channel and direct beach access.

An incredibly wide range of supervised outdoor pursuits are offered, along with a selection of academic resources.

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Educational Resources available at East Dene Centre

Our qualified and experienced teachers have worked closely with East Dene Centre to develop a range of high quality curriculum-relevant learning resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of a visit. These cover many subjects and age groups, and are a mix of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities to support your preferred teaching style.

To find suitable resources, first select the appropriate Key Stage and then scroll down to your subject below.

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Coming soon!

We are currently working with East Dene Centre to determine the scope for educational resources and we will be announcing these very soon.

Usually from this stage we publish a list of planned resources within approx. 1 month and actual useable documents within 3-6 months.


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether East Dene Centre is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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We are awaiting an assessment. If you plan to visit in the near future, please contact us for more details if accessibility is a concern for you.


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether East Dene Centre has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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Group visits are usually half-day or full-day depending on the mix of activities and resources chosen.

Extend your visit with a range of materials from Education Destination or any of dozens of East Dene outdoor pursuits.

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Helping you come prepared!

In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to East Dene Centre

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There are no special requirements for a visit to East Dene Centre.


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at East Dene Centre by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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Venue overview for East Dene Centre

A brief overview of East Dene Centre prepared especially for teachers.

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We do not hold a generic risk assessment for this venue at present, although we are working on this and it will be published in advance of any visits booked here.

We appreciate that you may need to conduct your own assessment, and we will happily arrange a site visit for you. Simply contact us to request this.

On the day procedure for East Dene Centre

Our handy guide to distribute to your adult supervisors just before arrival. This essential document sets out in summary form everything you need to know about the venue, from a useful site navigation map to the locations of toilets and first aid boxes, lost child procedures, special clothing or equipment requirements etc.

On-the-Day Procedure (PDF) →

Facilities Overview

Activities at East Dene are generally of the outdoor variety.
Refreshments will be provided depending on the activity package booked.
All staff are first aid trained.
There are toilets in the main house.
Phone signal is virtually non-existent. Free WiFi in the main house with parental controls.


Verified feedback from previous group visits...

Pauline Stirling, KS5 Head of PSHE & Citizenship | 07/03/2016 | 12 x KS5
Adam Tuck, PE Teacher | 16/10/2015 | 29 x KS2

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East Dene Centre is located at:

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