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School trips

We provide a clean, secure environment for your class to learn, ensuring that you have everything you need from catering sized pots & pans through to fast, reliable WiFi.

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and support with the Gatehouse trip. The children had a fantastic time and all the staff were brilliant and welcoming. You have really helped us to give the children some memories they will always remember." (Lucy Cleaver, Gatehouse Academy, Dawlish)

Trip planning downloads

Download our free guide to School Trips in St Ives which illustrates how much there is to do in St Ives with your class, whether you’re planning an activities week or a curriculum oriented trip. Our quick guide to awesome things you can do with your class in St Ives will hopefully inspire you as well as make planning a little easier.

For something more specific our free Quick Guide for Arts & Sports Teachers will demonstrate how a trip to St Ives can assist you in meeting National Curriculum objectives around these subjects.

Download our Bloxwich Academy Case Study to get a feel for how teachers have planned a trip in the past and read our Interview with an Art Teacher from Bishop Wordsworth’s School to get an art teacher’s take on their class trip.

Primary school trips to St Ives

If you’re looking to organise a school trip for younger children or primary school pupils you might find our St Ives Travel Guide for Primary Schools and Younger Children a better reference; we not only cover suitable activities for these age groups we also detail relevant information around safeguarding and the steps we take to ensure the safety and security of your children.

Why St Ives?

From fishing village in the 1800s to international capital of Art in the 1960s St Ives has a fascinating history. A spectacularly beautiful place it attracts artists from all over the world and will bring any educational trip to life.

Beauty aside there are lots of practical advantages to bringing a class here:

  • No need to take public transport because St Ives is small enough to walk around and Cohort is situated in the centre of the town
  • It’s just a few minutes walk to iconic institutions including the Tate which reduces the amount of time you’ll be herding students around and maximises your time
  • It’s very safe; even if students get a bit unruly they can’t get very far or get into much trouble if they stray
  • The beaches are a great, secure and fun way to wind down at the end of the day – your students will love you for it; even in the winter hanging out on the beach is just great fun

It’s not easy taking a school group away; even the best behaved groups can be challenging; we will make things as easy as we can for you by providing a secure yet relaxed environment and help in any way we can.

Kate McLaren is Head of Art at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Wiltshire; read her experience of bringing a class to St Ives and top tips for anyone doing the same.

Capacity & Layout

Cohort sleeps up to 60 in 9 dorms and 3 private rooms. The dorm room breakdown is as follows:

  • 7 x 6 bed dorms
  • 1 x 8 bed dorms
  • 1 x 4 bed dorm
  • 3 x twin rooms (one with a double bed)

For more details visit Rooms & Rates: You can also download our Floor Plan to see a more specific breakdown of our rooms and facilities.

Free planning visit

If you are bringing a group of students to St Ives please contact us to organise a free planning visit to Cohort prior to your booking, we are happy to show you our accommodation facilities and discuss your requirements.

Food during your stay

We have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen at Cohort and are happy for you to organise a supermarket order to be delivered to us prior to your arrival. Alternatively if you have a minimum of 10 people in your group and are staying at least two nights we are happy to organise breakfast and packed lunches for you and assist with planning your evening meals.

Just ask us for a quote when you book or click on the following file for more information and costs: School food options.

Space to learn

We have unique and relaxing communal areas at Cohort and we would be happy to section these off for you for seminars and/or discussion groups. Our courtyard can seat up to 18, as can our dining room; we would be happy for you to use these spaces outside of busy times. We know how important it is for classes to re-group at the end (and sometimes beginning) of the day and we want to ensure you can do that in the best possible environment.

Organising your trip

At Cohort we know St Ives and the surrounding area like the back of our hand. We can help you to organise activities before your visit or you can even choose from our ready-made packages compiled in conjunction with local groups and institutions. We can help you book surf lessons or get a good deal on kayak hire; we can liaise with the Tate for you or even send you a list of great vantage points for painting or photography groups. If you wanted to eat out one night we would be happy to make your reservations for you. We are here to make your life as easy as possible.

Planning lessons in St Ives

Download our free Lesson Planning Options (Art) doc to give you some inspiration when planning your trip. If you have any questions about anything mentioned on there or have any other ideas that you want to run by us please just give us a call; we’d be happy to have a no-obligation chat with you.

Exclusive use

We are happy to discuss exclusive use of the hostel. Prices start at £550/night for a group of up to 50 people. See more details on our Exclusive Use page.

Should you not need exclusivity (and many groups don’t) we can easily accommodate you alongside other guests: During the winter months (November – February, excluding Christmas / New Year period) prices are just £15 per person per night for groups of 6 or more.

Health, Safety & Security

Cohort is a secure environment with key cards needed to access the building, the dorm you are staying in and the kitchen. Reception is open from 9am till 10pm with someone always available during that time and there is CCTV in the main areas. There are emergency contacts for during the night and members of staff always on site.

Our fire system is brand new with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers everywhere they should be: A full risk assessment has been carried out on the whole building.

Our full time staff are qualified in first-aid.

If you have any particular requirements or concerns please share them with us and we will do everything we can to ensure that they are addressed.

Booking your stay

If you would like to talk to us about an educational (group) trip please give us a call on +44 (0)1736 791664 or send an email to hello@stayatcohort.co.uk as it is not possible to book online.

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BEDS JULY RATES
Pod dorm beds £25/person/night
Twin/double rooms £50-56/night
Triple rooms £74/night

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