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Gloucester Academy

Viney Hill Trip

Dear Class of 2027 Families 

We are delighted to confirm the arrangements for our new Year 7, Class of 2027 residential team building trip to Viney Hill Adventure Centre.  At Gloucester Academy, success is not just measured by academic achievement, but by the character of an individual.  Our aim is to make every child in our care the very best version of themselves through nurturing talent, channelling creativity, exposing ambition and competing for excellence.  We are thrilled that this opportunity will not only be a fun and exciting few days, but an opportunity to begin their Character Education programme and earn their first character ‘Adventure’ badge.  At the bottom of this letter it is really important that you complete the online google form for your child to attend as well as the Viney Hill medical form.

The residential trip is a total of 3 days and 2 nights in the Viney Hill adventure centre school lodging house.  The residential will be split over two visits; visit one beginning Monday 26th September 2022 - Wednesday 28th September 2022.  The second visit will begin Wednesday 28th September - Friday 30th September 2022. 

Depart from Gloucester Academy:  11:00am on Monday or Wednesday (depending if group 1 or 2)  

On the day of departure your child will arrive at 10:15am at the Cotteswold Road car park. 

On the arrival date back from Viney Hill you will need to ensure your child is collected from the Cotteswold Road car park at 2:00pm.  You will be notified in September of what group your child has been allocated, 1 or 2 and this will then specify your departure and arrival day and time.

Throughout the duration of the residential, students will participate in a range of activities including: biking, low ropes, rock climbing, archery, raft building, bush craft, raft building, night hikes and roasting marshmallows on a campfire.

All students will be sleeping outdoors in big glamping tents, therefore sleeping bags are essential. Students also need to pack suitable clothing for the multiple activities each day (sporting clothing recommended) as well as evening clothes suitable for outside (warm clothing).  Your child can bring a mobile phone if they have one, however these items are the responsibility of the child and Gloucester Academy will not be liable for any damages, loss or theft (mobiles will not be permitted during the day)

Please see the list of items required below: 

  • Sleeping bag & Pillow 
  • Sleeping mat (if you wish)
  • Day wear (outdoor / sporting clothing - X3 sets for the 3 days + hat)
  • Evening wear (warm - outdoor clothing - X2 evenings)
  • Items such as; sport leggings, jogging bottoms, shorts (no jeans)
  • T shirts or long-sleeved tops
  • Sweatshirt or jumper 
  • Trainers/outdoor footwear (walking boots are recommended)
  • A jacket / coat (water proof) 
  • Socks (minimum of 4 pairs) & Underwear (minimum of 4 pairs)
  • Pyjamas (appropriate - no strappy tops)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Sun Cream / Shower gel / shampoo / conditioner
  • Any medication (eg. - inhaler / epi pen)                  

This trip is free of charge for all students, and you will need to complete the following GOOGLE FORM giving consent for your child to attend as well as agree to all terms and conditions.  There is also an attached Medical form from Viney Hill which will need completing. 

Please ensure you log on and complete this form by 12th September 2022.  Should you require any further assistance with the online form please email Miss Roper on 

We are looking forward to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Yours sincerely

Miss Exton

Assistant Headteacher