Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Welciome for Kingswood £8million investment

Kingswood Rope walk harmony closeCaroline Flint MP and Cllr Sandra Holland were guests of Kingswood Dearne Valley Centre in Conisbrough this week to see the latest developments on the site.

Caroline Flint said: “Kingswood have transformed this redundant site into an exciting, residential learning centre for local schools and youth groups. They have shown great vision, building on the unique qualities of this site, to create a very special learning environment.  I would doubt there is another centre in the UK that harnesses wind, solar and their own water treatment work, within a really fun setting.”

Said Cllr Sandra Holland:  “The facilities and accommodation are fantastic.  I’m particularly pleased that Doncaster schools obtain a discount to use these facilities, and I’m excited that there are important job opportunities for local people.  ”

Kingswood I spy wildlifeJohn Bentley, Chief Executive said: “I am delighted that Caroline Flint and Sandra Holland were able to spend so much time at our Kingswood’s Dearne Valley Centre, to see what we do, and to experience interactive learning first hand. The residential experiences offered by Kingswood give youngsters the chance to learn and develop as individuals in ways that are not possible in a traditional classroom setting.  Our residentials create life long memories and can be life changing for the young people involved.  

Kingswood is investing £8million to redevelop the 50-acre site into a state-of-the-art residential centre where youngsters can explore the environment and develop life skills in an interactive way.

The site is equipped with an outdoor activity park where youngsters can try rope courses, climbing walls, zipwires, archery and problem solving skills.  Indoors, there’s a giant sports hall, where youngsters explore similar activities in all weathers.  Kingswood has purpose-built accommodation for students and teachers on site, with further sensitive expansion underway.  The site can accommodate 380 pupils and staff at present, increasing to 460 this summer.

Speaking to Kingswood staff at the centre, Ms Flint, who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, also got the chance to explore the centre’s innovative approach to sustainability.  The centre benefits from a giant solar panel, wind powered facilities, a natural water treatment plant and ‘touch tanks’ – interactive structures which give children the chance to physically explore bio-diverse habitats.

Kingswood Inspiring Learning now employs 70 people at their Dearne Valley centre, welcoming 13,000 young people in the past year.

PICTURE: Caroline Flint and Sandra Holland try out the low ropes.

I Spy Wildlife: John Bentley points out wildlife from one of the specialist woodland learning centres – Caroline and Sandra look on.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.