Leeson House Field Studies Centre

Booking Info


How to make a booking.

Leeson House is a very popular field studies centre and so early booking is always advisable, especially if you are planning to visit during the summer months or early autumn.

All schools, groups and individuals who are on our booking database will receive a booking pack every September. This will be to request a booking in the following school year ie in September 2018 the booking process for September 2019 to August 2020 will open.

Please email or phone Leeson House and ask to be added to this database in order to ensure that your booking request can be dealt with in plenty of time.

For booking enquiries within the next 12 months then please email or phone us as soon as convenient. There are often spaces alongside other groups or we can find you accommodation elsewhere and still provide tuition, fieldwork equipment and classroom space if required.

What happens next

Once we have agreed dates then we will send you a booking offer letter. This letter will confirm the dates, number and age of students and also detail any other schools that will be sharing Leeson House with you.

It is essential that you return the confirmation slip that is attached to this letter as soon as possible as once we have received this your booking is confirmed.

For Non Dorset County Council Schools this will be followed by an invoice for a non-refundable booking fee equivalent to 10% of the anticipated residential charge.

Towards the end of the term before your visit we will send you a pack of information which includes all the forms that you will need to return to us regarding domestic details such as
medical information
special dietary needs
contact numbers
This is also the opportunity for you to inform us about any change in the number of students that will be attending.
The more accurate you can be with your student numbers then the less likely it is that we will have to charge you for students that did not attend.

Course planning

We will usually contact you the term before your planned visit to Leeson House to plan the programme and to discuss your intended learning outcomes.

Planning usually takes the form of phone calls or emails although we will arrange to visit a school (for the cost of mileage for non-DCC schools) or you are very welcome to visit Leeson House. This latter approach is recommended for teachers who have not been involved in leading a school trip to Leeson House before.

Important considerations during the planning stage are things such as
any students or staff with mobility or sensory impairments
availability of school minibuses / qualified minibus drivers
curriculum information / exam boards / assessment criteria

This is also the time when the number of teaching sessions / cost of tuition is agreed.

Learning outcomes and course evaluations

During the planning meeting(s) we will not only agree on the overall programme but also the finer details of transport, timings and bad weather alternatives.

We will also discuss any specific learning outcomes that you require from the fieldcourse.

After the course we will send you an evaluation form. Your intended learning outcomes are added to the course evaluation form and this gives you and us an opportunity to review how effective the course has been in delivering your intended outcomes.

The evaluation form also give you the chance to comment upon course administration, quality of teaching, catering, accommodation etc.

Final invoice

You will receive a final invoice once the course has finished. This invoice will be for the balance of the residential fees plus tuition.

Planning for special medical and mobility conditions

If any child/adult has a disability, i.e. blind/partially sighted, severe hearing loss, or has mobility needs where they will find it difficult to negotiate steep staircases, and that could affect themselves or others in the event of evacuating the house in an emergency, please contact the Centre to discuss a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for that child/adult. The PEEP should be discussed and put in place at least two weeks prior to your arrival.

Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth schools may also consider contacting the Hearing and Vision Support Services based in Ferndown for further advice.

Booking documents

Booking forms and information packs will be available to download very soon.
Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3EU
01929 422126
01929 427534