Schools And Colleges
Help your students reach new heights
Where climbing centre meets theme park, your group can experience 20 unique climbing challenges that cater for all abilities and levels of confidence.
Sessions at Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge produce a host of valuable learning and development outcomes for your students including:
- Confidence building
- Experience of facing fears and overcoming challenges
- Problem solving
- Team work
This is done in a fun and engaging way, giving students the chance to experience an alternative sport that improves flexibility, balance and core strength
Welcoming students to climb
Experienced climbers will be challenged by our harder walls, such as the beanstalk like ‘Triffid’.
For less experienced or nervous group members, we have walls that are easier to try at the start, such as the simple shapes and holds of ‘Amazing’. Climbers can go as high as they feel comfortable with. Over the course of the session, their levels of confidence greatly improve.
Indoor climbing has never been easier or safer. The ‘clip’ part of Clip ‘n Climb refers to climbers being clipped into a safety rope system, called an automatic belay device. These take in the slack as you climb and then lower you gently to the ground.
Climbers get a huge sense of satisfaction for conquering fears and completing challenges.
All our walls have point scoring challenges and several allow you to race head to head against each other. Our Speed Wall also allows you to time your climb to the top.
A session at Clip ‘n Climb is great exercise, fun and will put a huge smile on the faces of your students, living long in the memory.
Clip ‘n Climb can support your term time activities in a number of ways:
- Your physical education curriculum
- Other subjects on the curriculum using climbing as a learning tool
- An after school club activity
- A school/college trip location
- Start of year confidence building sessions
- Practice sessions for any adventure training trips
The Extreme Challenges
Make the Clip ‘n Climb experience complete by tackling our two Extreme Challenges. Climb hands free up the Stairway to Heaven and dare to drop from the top of the Vertical Drop Slide.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions last for 90 minutes. You begin with a 30 minute safety briefing, followed by 1 hour of climbing.
Your group can join a public session or you can hire Clip ‘n Climb exclusively for your session, allowing you to bring up to 35 climbers and enjoy unlimited use of the Extreme Challenges. We have a set of different sessions that we offer to schools and colleges:
This is where the children have free range of the arena to ‘Explore’ and find their comfort levels on the walls. Our instructors are on hand to provide assistance and encouragement throughout. This is an ideal session for the first time a school group has visited Clip ‘n Climb. The main learning outcomes are developing confidence and provide the opportunity for children to face any fear of heights and challenges.
TEAM BUILDING SESSION
This is where we get the group into teams and give them challenges to complete. As well as the learning outcomes achieved from our Explore sessions, Team sessions also help with problem solving and the ability to work in teams.
Example of this include:
Wall Golf: Each touch of the wall is counted as a stroke as the climber ascends the wall.
Points Challenge: Each wall has multiple ways to complete it, with increasing points awarded according to difficulty. Climbers add their points to for each wall to their team score.
Two of our walls are particularly suited to competitive scoring:
Triffid – Our hardest wall. We keep a Roll of Honour for each climber who makes it to the top.
Speed Wall – The speed of ascend is timing on a clock built into the wall. Times are recorded for each climber.
We keep a record for each group and this can be used to compare other groups from the same school. This is mostly aimed Key Stage 3.
While there is a competition element to both challenges, one of the very positive things about climbing is that it is very much about challenging yourself. We find that walls such as the Triffid and Speed Wall are more about climbers challenging themselves either to reach the top in the case of Triffid, or complete the wall in the fastest time, Speed Wall.
For schools that will bringing in the same group on a regular basis, we offer our Rock Star programme which is based on the one we run for our successful after school club.
This involves structured sessions with varied activities, with time split between working towards the Rock Stars Awards and a variety of games and challenges.
The Rock Stars Awards are a set of standards that climbers work towards, which progress in difficulty. They involve a mixture of completing walls, completing the walls in set ways and confirm understanding of safety issues. Certificates are issued for each award and progress is kept in a log book.
Times of sessions
During the week in term time, sessions run starting on the hour from 2.30pm with the last session starting at 6.30pm. We are able to run sessions earlier in the day by special arrangement.
Discounted costs for schools and colleges
If you would like exclusive use of our arena from Monday to Friday, during term-time, our costs are:
- £125.00 for the first 10 climbers
- £10 p/climber for the rest of your group
All prices are inclusive of VAT, and include free tea and coffee for the group leaders.
The maximum number we can have in one session is 36 climbers.
You can pay by cheque, BACS or credit card. We operate a 7-day cancellation policy, and will confirm final numbers with you 7 days before your visit. We will invoice on the day of your visit.
If the centre closes due to Government guidelines changing, we will issue a full refund.