Nestling in the folds of the hills rising gently to the west of Oxford, Hill End offers visitors a quality of rural tranquility that belies its proximity to the city. Set in 67 acres of beautiful, undulating countryside the Outdoor Education Centre contains a rich diversity of habitats including chalk grassland, marshland, developing woodland, ponds and streams. Much of the area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Centre has 24 buildings including classrooms, meeting rooms and dormitories with 150 beds in total.
Originally established as an outdoor school in the 1920’s, Hill End has introduced generations of young people to outdoor learning and given many schoolchildren and young people their first experience of spending a night away from home. Today, more than 100 years on, the centre continues to make its unique classrooms, meeting and training spaces and residential facilities available to schools and colleges as well as extending them to community groups, businesses and the public.
The site and neighbouring woodland have recently been adapted to support our growing 'Alternative Education Provision' program where our specially trained tutors work 1 to 1 or with small groups of students who for whatever reason need support outside of formal education.
The centre also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for individuals and companies, day courses, training programmes and workshops