- Our staff ratios are 1 adult to 10 students. Please check with your local authority/ academy policy on supervision ratios whilst on educational trips and visits. If in doubt please seek advice from your area 'Outdoor Educational Adviser'.
- Our lost property policy is that anything left by any guests on retreat will be kept for 6 weeks. If not claimed all items will be taken to a local charity shop.
- The children on retreat participate in a variety of activities during their stay including mountain biking, trekking, archery, and survival. Each activity includes an element of reflection and discussion and prayer, and it is through these activities that each child is challenged and encouraged to find hidden strength, learn new skills, and experience achievement as part of a team and as an individual.
- The activities are delivered by a team of young people (aged from 18 years to 22 years old) who are predominantly waiting to go on to university, staying for one year, living and working as part of the Alton Castle Community. This Team brings the Castle and the Programme to life, and act as wonderfully enthusiastic role models for the children on retreat, both from a spiritual point of view and through the energy and enthusiasm they have for life.
- It's popularity can be put down to the fact that the Castle is offering a unique experience that meets a real need within schools and community youth groups. The courses offer a real opportunity for personal and spiritual growth, not just among disadvantaged children, but for any group that values this sort of vision. The first impression is one of awe and wonder and every child regards Alton Castle as an amazing place when they first see its Gothic arches, wonderful stonework and views over the Churnet Valley. It has atmosphere, style, and is evocative of the historic times in which it played a significant part in Staffordshire.
- The building can comfortably accommodate 75 young people, plus teachers or adults in dormitory-style bedrooms. It is not purpose built. It is not easy to "maintain", to heat or to find your way around, but it is worth all the trouble because it is an extraordinary place.
- The impressive "main" hall is used as the dining area and has a rib vaulted ceiling with stained glass windows and medieval style banqueting tables. There are 4 large meeting rooms, a large fully equipped kitchen, run by an excellent Catering Team, a games room in the dungeon, a crypt and a tuck shop.