On The Hill residential and day programmes for primary and secondary schools seek to empower young people through meaningful project based work in the outdoors, providing a connection to the land, to the natural environment as well as encouraging friendship and social bonds to develop. Work includes food growing, cooking, building and looking after animals on Oxen Park Farm.
We run a range of bespoke programmes, lasting between 1-10 days (see below). Our approach is to offer a unique learning experience, specific to the needs of students, the school curriculum, and the land.
We also offer professional development CPD programmes for teachers.
"Within the inspiring setting of the Teign Valley, our students learned about sustainable food practice, engagement with the land, and developed relationships with each other in a way that simply cannot be replicated in a classroom setting. Jo's passion for the camp's mission and the expertise of his staff are without question, and this ensures a rich and deep learning experience."
(Teacher, Year 10 group)
We host and facilitate day activities for local schools and groups of children. We can also design bespoke learning days on the farm, so do get in touch for a conversation.
The natural and farmed environment becomes a laboratory in which students are carrying out genuine experiments where the outcome is not known at the beginning and there is no such thing as a “wrong” result. Learning in this way offers opportunities for authentic discovery, embracing chemistry, biology, physics, history, geography, design and technology, PSHE and craft, all based on a series of practical workshops.
The Tribe programme is a partnership between On The Hill and a school that aims to raise young people’s confidence, resilience and academic attainment. Land-based learning residentials provide the young people with the opportunity to experience themselves in a new context, away from their normal concerns and distractions. They take on self-leadership and leadership responsibilities and strengthen their relationships to themselves, their peers and their environment.
A transformative residential programme for young people aged 14-18. The LEAP programme aims to inspire and empower young people, connecting them to a world where they feel able to make positive change and supporting them to develop as future change makers, entrepreneurs and leaders.
"On The Hill have facilitated a truly valuable experience for our Year 10 students. Within the inspiring setting of the Teign Valley, our students learned about sustainable food practice, engagement with the land, and developed relationships with each other in a way that simply cannot be replicated in a classroom setting."
(Daniel Love, Assistant Head, King Alfred School)