Inspiring residential trips for secondary schools


Support your KS3 students to become confident and resilient learners

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Our residential trips for secondary schools are tailored to the needs of your KS3 students. Designed to challenge, build resilience and encourage teamwork, students learn important life skills while having an exciting and unforgettable time with their friends.

A Rootd school residential trip gives secondary school students the chance to switch off from their screens and discover how they can thrive together in the outdoors. They take part in a wide range of outdoor challenges and activities, learning new skills, building new friendships and creating a real sense of community across the year group.

What makes us stand out

A Rootd school trip is an immersive experience, where we want every student to experience the freedom and adventure of nature. We want them to get lost in the moment, and feel free from their screens, worries and daily distractions.

A Rootd residential trip for secondary schools includes:

  • A programme tailored to your needs
  • A choice of one-night adventures to three-night stays
  • Professional instructors to lead all activities
  • Flexible indoor and outdoor accommodation for year-round adventures
  • Bushcraft, survival and adventure activities designed to create independent learners
  • A full programme of evening activities

What you get with a Rootd trip for secondary schools

With a Rootd school trip, there are no hidden extras. Everything is included in the price – we just ask that you bring a packed lunch for your first day.

There are three essential elements to a Rootd residential secondary school trip:

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Outdoor adventure activities

Pot holing, climbing, high ropes and more to develop perseverance, build confidence and boost resilience.
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Bushcraft survival skills

Making meaningful connections with nature, learning new skills and overcoming challenges.

Team building games and activities

Supporting each other to build stronger bonds and deeper friendships.

Our adventure activities

Our activities are carefully designed to challenge and excite KS3 students. From abseiling to potholing, they’re a great way to build confidence and resilience, and support your school’s character education.


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Our bushcraft activities

These team activities are designed to put students’ survival skills to the test, and you can choose from, Shelter building, Water filtration, Fire lighting and Campfire cooking.
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Our team building games

Our team building games are focused on getting children working together on fun and challenging activities to build stronger friendships and develop problem-solving skills. This can be a very bonding experience for students, and you’ll often see new friendships formed.


Inspiring instructors who lead by example

Our trained instructors will be with you throughout your stay, leading the activities and getting stuck in themselves. They work hard to connect and motivate all students, making your stay as stress-free as possible for you.

Secondary school residential trips close to London

When you choose a Rootd residential trip, there are no long coach journeys with children cooped up on a coach for hours. Our woodland locations are conveniently close to London. 

Located just north of Watford, set in 95 acres of meadows and natural woodland, our Hertfordshire activity centre is within easy reach of the M1 and M25.

Accommodation for all seasons

With tents for six and a fun chill out area, our bell tent village is a great option for spring and summer. Throughout autumn and winter, children love getting cosy in our fully equipped lodges.

Why choose a Rootd trip for your secondary school trip?

As Rootd trips are focused on teamwork and adventure, they’re the perfect way to encourage students to work together and build closer bonds across the year group.

Being together in the outdoors brings a sense of freedom for students, which means they can quickly become more open and receptive to new experiences and friendships.


Here’s a summary of what you can expect from a Rootd residential trip:

  • Dedicated instructors with you every step of the way
  • A range of adventurous activities
  • Bushcraft survival skills
  • Games and activities to enjoy
  • Nutritious meals that cater to dietary requirements
  • Excellent shower and toilet facilities
  • Evening campfires with hot chocolate and biscuits