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different types of education sessions at West Bodlon Lodge

Education at West Boldon Lodge

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle believe hands on, immersive educational experiences enable children to learn about, develop an interest in, and truly understand topics. We have been putting this into practice, delivering high quality, engaging and informative education programmes with excellent outcomes, for more than two decades.

Our latest offer includes programmes closely linked to the history, geography and science curricula, as well as programmes designed specifically to enrich the lives and learning of your pupils. Through all our delivery, we aim to foster an interest in learning, a connection with the world around us, and to develop essential life skills such as communication, team working and self-confidence. The programmes on offer vary from 2 hour sessions to year-long schemes. We also support schools to embed our holistic learning approach into your day to day teaching and learning with staff training, school grounds development, and partnership work.

West Boldon Lodge is the only centre of its kind in South Tyneside which combines a 13 hectare nature site, with a large, bright and inspiring log cabin. The site boasts diverse habitats including woodlands, ponds, and meadows. These are managed using traditional methods to benefit wildlife and people.


the campfire circle in summer at west boldon lodge

The site also includes an allotment, campfire circles, an outdoor classroom and a Woodland Realm that provides novel stimuli for young children to grow emotionally, physically and intellectually in an outdoor environment.

The whole site has been developed over nearly 20 years, balancing natural space with accessibility, to provide safe and secure surroundings for all to learn about and build a positive connection with the natural world. The centre delivers a variety of environmental education packages for young people from foundation to secondary age such as woodland minibeast hunts, pond dipping, team building and sensory awareness activities.

To download our education programmes guide for schools and young people click here

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