Leeson House

Leeson House, one of the premier Field Studies Centres in the South West, offers unrivalled access to the Dorset section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Owned and run by Dorset County Council, it runs a whole host of residential and day courses for all ages – from early years through to A level and beyond. A team of highly qualified and experienced staff are on hand to teach courses covering geography, geology, history, biology as well as creative arts, environment and team-building.

Durdle Door, Studland and Swanage Bays, as well as the marine wildlife reserve at Kimmeridge Bay, this part of Dorset is a prime site for studying fossils, coastal landforms and marine habitats.

The Centre itself is staffed and equipped to a very high standard, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 63 pupils and 10 visiting staff, plus 7 acres of grounds with a range of on-site activities. Leeson House also has 3 classrooms and a library, all with excellent IT facilities and fully equipped with field studies kit.

Jurassic Coast Field Trips – The Jurassic Coast is a world-famous educational resource, showcasing 185 million years of the Earth’s history along 95 miles of coastline. Leeson House is perfectly located to provide all the support and resource materials you need for an exciting and hands-on fieldtrip.

GCSE Geography Controlled Assessments – Leeson House provides GCSE Controlled Assessments for all boards and options. Each unit contains a carefully selected and appropriate amount of field data collection for task questions, and there is always scope for more able pupils to take their analysis further.

AS & A2 Biology and Geography Field Courses – Leeson House specialises in teaching high quality field courses in some of the most stunning locations in the UK. Their customers come from across the UK and Europe and they deliver field courses for all boards and specifications including the IB.

Gifted & Talented Enrichment Courses – Leeson House runs a programme of residential enrichment courses for gifted and talented pupils which use the local environment as a stimulus for exciting and inspirational learning opportunities.

School Grounds Development – Staff at Leeson House can provide INSET courses and guidance in the development of environmental teaching areas within your school grounds.


Range of topics

Geography and Geology – River Studies, Coasts, Geology and Land Use, Geology Workshop, Weather Studies

History – Swanage and the Victorians, Corfe Castle, Local History

Living Things – Pond Dipping, Animal Trackers, Minibeasts, Conservation Tasks, Studland Sand Dunes, Rock-pooling, Durlston Country Park

Creative and Sensory – Environmental Art, Storytelling and Drama, Earth Walks

Maps, Orienteering and Team-building

Local Walks, Night Walks and Astronomy

“Teddy Bears Picnic” and “Bear Hunt” (Day Visits for Reception & Key Stage 1)

"Extremely positive response from all children for all aspects of their residential experience" - Bournemouth Primary January 2012

"A large number of students have expressed their gratitude to me today for a really good fieldtrip and much of that thanks must be passed onto you and your team. In particular we enjoyed being able to shape our fieldwork, using your expertise and our requests, to collect really good data that we hope will be able to generate some excellent projects for next summer" - Oxfordshire Secondary School May 2012

Key information

  • Early Years to Key Stage 5
  • All staff CRB checked and fully qualified
  • For groups of 4–63
  • Full Public Liability Insurance
  • Risk assessments available 

Additional Information

The area/s in which this provider is available are:Greater London

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