“I had the best time of my life,” and “Can we go back, please?” were just two of the many happy pieces of feedback received from Year 5 pupils from The Paragon School on their journey back from a recent residential visit to PGL Liddington.

A little closer to home than the school’s usual venture to Osmington Bay, the Swindon-based centre (which boasts 150 acres of countryside grounds) didn’t disappoint. The children were excited to commence their planned activities – braving the Big Swing, conquering the Assault Course and Sensory Trail, and attempting the Crate Challenge in teams. Several pupils who had vowed not to try the swing overcame their fears and couldn’t be prised away when they had to move on to their next activity!

Water sports came as a welcome relief in the hot weather, particularly when most of the kayaks capsized, while another team had incredible success with ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ which is as high as our school building, with a couple of children conquering their fear of heights completely and almost reaching the top. 

A campfire in the cool evening was the perfect way to round off a busy day. 

Mr Chris Guest, Year 5 teacher and trip leader said, “We are delighted that Years 4-6 at The Paragon have all been able to enjoy residential trips this year, they are such an important part of the children’s development and independence. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from parents and staff, and, of course, the children loved every moment.”