Lepe Country Park

Guidelines for Teachers

Guidelines for Teachers

Before your visit

  • Ranger led visits must be booked in advance and are based on a ratio of 15 children per session. Groups may need to be divided to complete activities at different times throughout the day.
  • We recommend a pre-visit to familiarise yourself with the park and complete your own risk assessments. if you require guidance on activities or areas of the park don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Supervision Ratios: under 5 years 1:6, under 8 years 1:8, 8- 18years 1:12
  • This is an open country site, for self tutored visits at least one leader must hold the Open Country Award
  • For self led beach studies please remember to check tide times. Tide predictions for Lepe can be accessed from www.ukho.gov.uk - select Easy Tide and look up Stansore Point.
  • Please ensure you group brings appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for all weathers. Supplies of water and sun cream are advised.
  • The classroom can be booked for all or part of the day for follow up sessions, a place for lunch or as a wet weather option.
  • Tarpaulins are available to borrow to sit on for picnic lunches, please let us know if require these.
  • Ice creams can be bought from the café, to check opening times call the restaurant 023 8089 3681.

On the day

  • Parking Tickets must be bought on arrival at pay and display machines. To avoid delay please ensure you have change.
  • The public toilets are open every day and are situated by the café and park office. We recommend they are used in small groups.
  • Please report to the park office to collect equipment and meet your ranger for pre booked activities.
  • School staff are responsible for the welfare and behaviour of children throughout your visit including during ranger led activities.
  • Please ensure you have a nominated first aider for your visit.
  • In case of an emergency please inform park staff who can provide Firtst Aid assistance and advice.

After your visit

  • Please complete an evaluation form after your visit to help us develop and improve our facilities.
Location Hazard Risk Severity Controls
Beach, River, Pond Possibility of drowning Low High
  • Throw bags and cones for creating boundaries are available to borrow
Coach & Car Parks Injury from traffic Low High
  • 5 mph speed limits in place in car parks
  • Activities should be held away from car parks Car parks out of bounds during orienteering
  • Vigilance and close group control
Cliffs Injury from falling over edge Low Medium
  • Play area fenced
  • Activities in main field use track or cones as boundary
  • Verbal warning in introduction to orienteering and view finding
Site Wide Slips, trips and falls Med Low
  • Play area and most used areas of park inspected daily, extremities inspected weekly
  Cuts and scratches from plants Med Low
  • Verbal warning in introduction
  Allergies to insects and plants Low Medium
  • Ensure staff aware of group allergies and have antidotes
  Dog bites Low Medium
  • Signs to keep dogs under control
  • Rangers give warning if inappropriate behaviour spotted
  Snake bites Low High
  • Verbal warning in introduction
  Heat Exhaustion Low Medium
  • Groups advised to bring water
  Abduction / assault by member of public Low High
  • Groups advised on ratios of adults to children and to make regular head counts.
  Injury from falling trees and branches Low Medium
  • Daily inspection of most used areas of site and weekly inspections of extremities
  • Trees surveyed yearly