We the undersigned petition the council to prevent the proposed closure of Marle Hall

We the undersigned petition the council to prevent the proposed closure of Marle Hall

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William Holland started this petition to Warwickshire County Council

In 2021, Marle Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning will celebrate its 50th birthday. In its 50 years the centre has provided high quality educational, adventurous and life changing courses to the young people of Warwickshire. 

Right now, the centre’s future is under threat. The cabinet of Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has proposed that Marle Hall should close.

WCC have given various reasons to propose the closure of Marle Hall, with Covid 19 being cited as a factor. The Department for Education (DfE) guidance has meant Marle Hall along with all other outdoor learning centres across the UK has been temporarily closed since March, forbidding all residential education trips due to Covid19. A DfE review is due in February and centres across the UK are planning for an Easter reopening.

As we begin the recovery from Covid 19, outdoor educational experiences will be needed more than ever by our young people. As teachers, leaders, parents and residents, we must ensure this crucial resource remains for future generations of Warwickshire children. We estimate over 60,000 young people have experienced its educational benefits since the centre opened, with generations of Warwickshire residents benefitting from their experience at Marle Hall. Its future must be protected.

You can read more about the 10 key outcomes of Outdoor Learning here

To help save the future of the centre we must act now.

You can help the centre by:

  • Contacting your local councillor to express your views and ask them to make representation to the cabinet. You can find your local councillor at writetothem.com or the WCC website
  • Write to the Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning (Councillor Colin Hayfield) and Leader of the Council (Councillor Izzi Seccombe) at WCC to express what a vital educational resource this is to the children of Warwickshire and Warwickshire schools
  • Get your young people to write to the councillors and cabinet members. Whilst we understand that many of those that have been to the centre have now moved onto secondary school and some have missed out due to Covid 19, getting children to express their disappointment of missing out on their residential trip to the centre still gives the children a voice
  • Sign the petition to keep the centre open, it can be found here
  • Spread the word about the situation the centre finds itself in with parents and colleagues asking them to do the same.

As those that have been to the centre know, at its very core, is the ethos of Challenge, Teamwork, Respect and Responsibly. We must now take up this challenge, work together, respect the council’s views but ultimately use the responsibility we have as adults and educators to better children’s lives, both now and in the future.

‘Education in its broadest sense is not just about delivering a curriculum. It is about giving children the chance to extend their life skills. It is about developing their confidence. It is about fostering their resilience and sense of responsibility. And – let us not forget – it is about the enjoyment, engagement and excitement about venturing out into the real world, with all its capacity for uncertainty, surprise, stimulation and delight.’

Please add your postcode when signing so Warwickshire County Council will recognise your a resident. 

Thank you

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