School residentials

Kench Hill is a popular residential education Centre, formerly for Hackney schools, but now operating as a non-profit charity for all inner-city groups. The cosy building and Kent location make it an ideal all-weather site.
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We work mainly with Key Stage 2 (Years 4-6), but can facilitate and teach KS3-4 science or geography. We aim to make the whole process as easy as possible, from booking transport, choosing and leading activities. We strongly advise preliminary visits for all new group leaders. We aim to provide highly motivating learning experiences. Our ethos is to help pupils develop self confidence, mutual respect, social skills and a sense of responsibility – achievable in a residential setting. DINE with us and share our core values of Diversity, Inclusion, Nature and Environmental Education. See a typical school visit here:


Cost per pupil for 5 days/4 nights with a minimum group size of 26, fully catered: Includes taught on-site activities.

PEAK rate March – October. OFF-PEAK November – February

Contact us for smaller group rates and different visit periods eg 1-3 nights/split weeks

HIRE PERIODHackney schoolsNon-Hackney schools
PEAK 2021-22£220£235
OFF-PEAK 2021-22£170£185
PEAK 2022£tbc£tbc

During the week we can also support a variety of off-site day trips either using the centre mini bus or booking a coach for the day.

Kench Hill is located in rural Kent, the bountiful garden of England. There are numerous visitor attractions and educational sites within an hour’s journey time. Inspirational gardens, historical monuments, picturesque villages, farms, orchards, beaches and a variety of natural habitats all provide exciting, stimulating and memorable trips. Some places charge an entrance fee, but many are free of charge. Kench Hill has National Trust membership for free entry to NT sites.

Some full day trips require coach hire or additional minibus at a cost of £150-300 to transport a group of up to 45 pupils. Kench Hill’s minibus is an economical option for groups of up to 30 pupils and is available for local half-day trips (up to 15 miles).  It seats 16 + driver. The cost varies according to distance, priced at £1 per mile.  You can save money on transport by visiting an attraction on the first or last day of your residential trip.  Please contact us to discuss the best transport options and for advice on suitable locations to support your curricular requirements.

NB Visitor attractions and coach hire can get booked up early, especially in the Summer Term. Contact us as soon as possible if you would like to arrange a day trip.

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