The Mouthlock Centre: An Outdoor Centre for Archbishop Sentamu Academy

Thanks to the amazing generosity of a sponsor, Archbishop Sentamu Academy is in the unique position of having its own Outdoor Residential Centre. It is converted former chapel dating from the early 1900’s.

The Mouthlock Centre is situated on the edge of the North Pennines in a spectacular location near Kirkby Stephen, in Cumbria. It offers peace and solitude amidst the dramatic scenery of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The centre is 4 miles from the A66 and 20 minutes from the A1(M) It is therefore easily accessible especially in the centre’s brand new mini-bus kindly donated by Neil Hudgell Solicitors and Foxy Rentals. Many of our students have not spent time away from home before so this is a perfect safe environment to overcome fears and anxiety associated with being independent and away from home and family for the first time.

The aims and objectives of the Centre

  • To offer a range of residential experiences to students, staff and East Hull community youth groups
  • To provide affordable accommodation
  • To provide an alternative working facility in an outdoor environment
  • To maintain the centre as a quality, safe learning environment

Activities at the Mouthlock Centre

We hope that student experiences will be exciting and challenging. The aim is to develop resilience, self-confidence, interpersonal skills, team work skills and respect for others and the environment.

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

  • develop self esteem, take personal responsibility, co-operate with and respect the needs of others;
  • extend their personal horizons through greater appreciation and understanding of the world
  • develop resilience
  • enhance practical problem solving and team work skills.
  • promote a positive and knowledgeable response towards personal health and well being.

Opening at Easter 2015, the following activities are available at the Mouthlock Centre: 

  • Science field work investigations in nearby streams, moors and woodlands. As the centre is located in an area of low light pollution it is the perfect location for astronomy.
  • Maths –Investigations and basic numeracy skills in a rural setting
  • Geography – investigating the effects of tourism on the local economy and physical geography at Aira Force and High Force.
  • History – Beamish Open Air Museum is less than 1 hour away, history of the local area including Barnard Castle and Stainmore Railway
  • English – a quiet location to work on coursework and reading skills
  • RE – the tranquil environment makes an ideal spiritual retreat

In addition to subjects, we also offer:

  • Team building activities
  • Prefect and School Council training
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Raising self-esteem
  • GCSE and GCE Revision weeks
  • Adventurous activities – with many of the academy staff qualified expedition leaders, we are able to offer mountain biking, hiking and orienteering. We also hope to link with a nearby adventure centre to offer archery, canoeing and rock climbing.