Renfrewshire Council

Young people at Pitlochry

Residential trip helps pupils boost their own health and wellbeing

Young people from Flexible Learning: Senior Phase took a life-enhancing trip to Pitlochry in Perthshire.

The team at Flexible Learning: Senior Phase recently had the great pleasure of taking a group of students to Pitlochry for a residential trip, supported by Hostelling Scotland.

The students, many of whom had never been on a residential trip before, stayed in the Pitlochry youth hostel and took part in a variety of activities. They also worked towards their SQA level 4 qualifications in comedy and confidence, which involves students working together and collaborating on a short comedy sketch that they had to write and perform.

There was also team building activities and exercises to build their inner confidence and resilience, this allowed our students to gain and develop valuable transferable skills that will be an asset to future employers and the workplace.

While in Pitlochry, the group experienced the beauty of the Scottish countryside and the history of the town. This included a visit to the Pitlochry fish ladder and dam, where the students learned the history of the salmon leap.

We also visited the heather jewellery factory, Heathergems, and watched how they process Scottish heather so it can be crafted and worked into jewellery designs. This was an excellent opportunity to discuss unique roles within Scottish business and career opportunities. The students also got the opportunity to visit the breath-taking Enchanted Forest where they experienced the forest lit up and alive at night. It was a fantastic experience and a real highlight of the whole trip.

These residential trips allow students to fulfil their own health and wellbeing outcomes in an organic and self-led way. The trip was planned with the young people, and part of their pre-trip task was to research the area and come up with suggestions of what they wanted to do while in Pitlochry. This gave them ownership and a chance to demonstrate their ability to plan and research a new place. This responsibility overcame any nerves or anxieties the young people may have had about the residential trip and ensured that it was a fantastic experience for all who took part.

Feedback from the students has been fantastic and we hope to run another similar residential in the near future.

  • "I have never been anywhere like this or been outside of Paisley much. It is amazing to see other parts of Scotland and discover new places."
  • "Being away from normality and getting to try new things was great and really enjoyable."
  • "The views from the bridge in Pitlochry were absolutely beautiful, I knew Scotland was lovely from pictures but had never seen it in person."


Kimberley Roan McVeigh

English Teacher, Flexible Learning (Senior Phase)

Published on Friday 7 February 2020.

Pictured: Young people at Pitlochry