Moorland Hall is located in the beautiful surroundings of Dartmoor National Park. We have five acres of paddock and gardens with a swimming pool, all of which are open to our guests. We have run English language and team-building courses for schools for over 20 years. Our courses are run by highly qualified professional staff and are designed to combine English language tuition with cultural trips and exciting outdoor activities.
How are the courses organised?
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings students receive three hours of English tuition from committed and enthusiastic English teachers who are qualified to teach English to overseas students. The course is designed to be both stimulating and fun.
The afternoons are organised so that the students can enjoy a carefully chosen programme of outdoor activities. These are designed to develop qualities of leadership, trust, stamina teamwork and confidence. Students are asked to communicate in English at all times during these activities. We are always amazed how quickly the students begin to relax and lose their inhibitions about speaking English at Moorland Hall. They soon discover the fun of speaking in a foreign language and as the days go by their confidence grows.
On Wednesday and at the weekend, outings are organised to see some of the surrounding countryside and local attractions. We also allow a little time for sight-seeing and shopping in the nearby towns and cities.
Safety is our top priority. Highly qualified and experienced instructors supervise all the activities. The equipment we use is modern and well maintained.
Activities include: Leap of Faith, coasteering, archery, canoeing, climbing, gorge walking, raft building, crate stacking, surfing, mountain biking, survival skills, initiative skills, abseiling, high ropes and Jacob’s Ladder.
What are visiting staff expected to do?
Once the group arrives in England, we will organise all aspects of the day-to-day running of the course. We ask visiting staff to provide supervision when the programme is not running, i.e. meal times, bed times, freetime and helping to supervise on the group outings. Many staff like to join in with the activities, although this is entirely up to the individual.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Guests live as part of the family, with visiting staff staying in the main house in comfortable en-suite rooms, or in the staff room in the attached coach house. Students sleep in large comfortable rooms of between three to twelve beds in the coach house or lodge.
Meals are served in the main dining room. A full English breakfast, light lunch, and an evening meal are provided each day. Our home cooked food is both nourishing and plentiful. On the final day of the course we provide a traditional Devonshire cream tea, which is always very popular! Special diets can be catered for, but it is very important to let us know in advance.
We understand that all schools have different aims when arranging trips abroad for their students and, as such, requirements may vary. We are happy to tailor your course to match your school’s needs. For example, you may prefer to take a little longer visiting historic sites, or to arrange a more intensive English course. We will contact you to discuss your requirements. It may also be possible to visit you to provide a presentation to parents and students.
What will the students need to bring?
A clothing list and a medical form will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed. We will provide all the specialist equipment for the activities. We recommend that children do not bring too many personal possessions and certainly nothing of great value. Students may wish to bring some spending money, this is purely for their own needs – there are no hidden extras that they will be expected to pay for!