ALF Learning – Shortenills

//ALF Learning – Shortenills

A little jewel of a centre…

ALF Learning – Shortenills

Set within 10 acres of varied woodland, meadows and ponds the grounds are managed to improve bio-diversity and offer a safe and secure location to explore and learn. These learning opportunities are enriched by; an extensive range of sustainable technologies, the use of 50 acres of adjacent Woodland Trust forest, visits to the neighbouring livestock farm, investigations in the historic village of Chalfont St Giles and the Chiltern Open Air Museum that nestle close by.

We offer:

  • Day and residential programmes for EYFS to key stage 2 linked to the new curriculum
  • An approach that puts sustainability at the heart of the experience
  • High quality, creative teaching staff with a wealth of expertise in the outdoors
  • A supportive planning process to tailor our programmes to meet your pupil’s needs and learning outcomes
  • A holistic approach to learning enabling our visitors to develop; academically, emotionally, socially, physically and build their self- esteem, confidence and a sense of independence

At Shortenills we pride ourselves in offering a range of approaches to LOtC:

  • Earth Education,
  • Forest School,
  • Field study skills,
  • Bushcraft
  • Curriculum linked learning out of the classroom.

Resources and classrooms

We have two spacious well –equipped classrooms with ‘smartboards’, data projectors, data logging equipment, specimens, live animals and a range of scientific instruments. An environmental monitoring system logs the productivity of our sustainable technologies: PV array, solar thermal panels and bio-fuel boiler
We also have recently acquired a fully heated yurt (monoglian tent)

…and we have closed circuit wildlife cameras for our visitors to gain an insight into the secret world of the animals living in the grounds at Shortenills.

Residential accommodation

Simple but well equipped, our accommodation provides all you need for a safe, enjoyable and comfortable stay. The set-up of two single sexed dormitories allows for an effective way to manage and supervise your groups overnight.

We have:

  • Capacity for 50 pupils
  • Two single sexed dormitories
  • Each dormitory has two staff bedrooms and adjacent shower rooms and toilets.
  • A large dining room which doubles as an evening recreation area.
  • Staff room with Wi-Fi access

All our creative and inspiring teachers have an infectious enthusiasm and never ending passion for Learning Outside the Classroom.

All have freelance expertise in outdoor learning and together we share an impressive range of skills and subject knowledge:

  • Geologist and archaeologist who has regular TV appearances,
  • Forest school leaders,
  • Innovative trainers in the field of outdoor learning,
  • Experience in education for sustainability and global issues,
  • Adventure and expedition leadership skills,
  • EYFS to university teaching,
  • SEN teaching and work with PRUs.

All our staff carry a current DBS and First Aid training.