Closer to the Edge was established in 2006, its’ core team comes from a military, educational and outdoor background. The rich and diverse mix of experience means that CTTE is able to offer a wide range of activities within the region to provide ‘active outdoor learning’ to all.
At Closer to the Edge we want to provide a meaningful and educational experience for you and your students. We have a growing number of centres with excellent high ropes facilities (and lots more…) and our highly trained staff are dedicated to making your experience memorable and safe.
Best of all is the price – we firmly believe that making this fantastic experience affordable for all is of huge importance.
CTTE holds ‘Adventuremark’ and the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)’ Quality Badge. These kite-marks are there to ensure the highest standards of safety and educational provision. Our courses are designed to fit with your learning outcomes or outline objectives. We will help you with this, taking into account your group abilities and dynamics to create an experience which is educational, engaging, inclusive and above all…fun.
We hold a bank of pre-prepared resources, made available online to clients once they have booked. These include Risk Assessments, copies of our Insurance Certificates, Child-Protection Policy, Licenses and Quality Badges, all intended to inform and help minimise bureaucracy for the trip organiser.
We operate 4 High Ropes Adventure Centres across the region; Sandwell Valley Park in West Bromwich, Telford Town Park, Baggeridge Country Park near Wolverhampton and Markeaton Park in Derby. CTTE High Ropes Adventure centres have been designed to accommodate high numbers, allowing schools and colleges to bring large groups if required. Our centres are ideal for groups of all ages, sizes and abilities.
A range of different courses can be provided to meet your needs as a group. Our programmes include a wide range of activities: high ropes, climbing team challenges, aerial trekking courses at 2 levels, climbing walls and powerfan descenders. Activities can also be supplemented and supported by ‘Team ToolBox’ activities and other team-development tasks on the ground, so there is something for everybody.
Some schools and colleges just want to spend the day with us – others want to do a progressive course to work on specific outcomes. The composition of the day depends very much on the programme that you have chosen, the desired outcomes and the numbers attending.
Closer to the Edge has the capacity to accommodate up to 60 for any one session on the high ropes course. If you have more than 60, then no problem we can accommodate upto 180 on a multi-activity day. If you have groups of more than this please give us a call to see what we can do for you.
High ropes activity day, Aerial Traverses and Climbing Challenges Fun, personal challenge, engaging, experiential and ideal for reward and enrichment. For ages 5+ (ideal for primary school groups) / Miniumum 20 participants.
20-60 students only: The whole session is delivered by our instructors.
Peak (May-Sep) – £12.50pp Off-Peak – £10
Multi-activity day, Aerial Traverses, Climbing Challenges and Team Challenges Fun, individual and team challenge, improving performance, raising confidence and self esteem, acquiring knowledge, transferring skills. Ideal for enrichment, whole year groups, specific outcomes. For ages 8 + / Minimum 16 participants.
16-120 students: The whole session is delivered by our instructors.
61-120 students: We divide the group into 2, we deliver the High Ropes and we provide activities on the ground along with teacher packs for you to deliver fun, ground based challenges.
121-180 students: You will need to be with us for 6 hours in order for this to work. The day is divided into 3 sessions, High Ropes, Ground Based activities and an Orienteering challenge.
Peak (May-Sep) – £15pp Off-Peak – £12.50
Peak (May-Sep) – £20pp Off-Peak – £17.50
Multi Activity day, Facilitated Programme, Problem Solving, Aerial Traverses Personalised learning, specific focus, changing behaviour, improving performace, attainment.
Ideal for an alternative provision, phased training, personalised programmes, inclusion groups, specific focus, leadership. For ages 8 + / Minimum 8 participants.
8-60 students: The whole session is delivered by our instructors.
Peak (May-Sep) – £20pp Off-Peak – £17.50
Timeline of events for a typical booking are as follows:
For more information or to arrange a visit to see first-hand the excellent standard of facilities and instruction please contact the office.
An active lifestyle is essential to health, physical and emotional wellbeing, and self confidence. Increasing levels of poor health and weight gain due to more sedate lifestyles are well documented; therefore our focus is on learning through active challenge in the outdoors. We have the facilities, qualifications and knowledge to develop and deliver motivational programmes within an inclusive and active environment.
Our extensive provision utilises a variety of engaging outdoor locations and we have partnered with organisations to provide a service throughout the UK. Closer to the Edge can also visit sites to deliver innovative programmes using our own activities at your location.
We focus on learning rather than training. Core values of an effective team are facilitated through active participation in our wide range of innovative tasks. The need to develop people from the inside out is core to our programmes so that learners can start to understand how to achieve their full potential.
We can provide you with a memorable expeience at all of our sites but Baggeridge High Ropes has been especially equipped to accommodate people with specific needs and we pride ourselves on providing something for everyone. We have now delivered programmes to over 200 groups with specific requirements – emotional, social and physical.
All CTTE sites are equipped with modern, high-tech safety systems to ensure that students are permanently clipped on and safe. CTTE provide all Personal Protective Equipment (harnesses and helmets). We do not provide waterproofs, spare shoes, umbrellas etc, it is essential that students come prepared for the weather as getting cold and wet will affect the success of the day. Students should leave phones and other bulky equipment behind. Otherwise there is a risk of them falling out of their pocket at height and hurting somebody underneath. CTTE is insured for adventurous activity up to £5m public liability – documentation is available upon booking.
We hold high expectations of engagement and behaviour and will frame these at the beginning of every learning experience. Our facilitators are trained to get the best from others. If there are more serious behavioural issues that go beyond our procedures we will always refer to senior staff from the school.
All of our courses and provision are appropriate to your educational needs, relevant to the following examples of the school learning profile:
Quality Assured resources, training and development. Cross curricular links to the National Curriculum. Inclusion Groups. Enrichment Days. Leadership Pathways; prefects, 6th form induction, Staff Development and CPD. Nationally Accredited Courses, Public Service Courses AIM Awards / ASDAN / AQA / Btec / Sports Leaders.