FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are the fees all-inclusive?
All prices are fully inclusive of tuition, accommodation, food and use of Centre facilities. Transport is provided free of charge on all tutored courses. For bookings of 8 students or less (or existing bookings that drop their numbers to 8 students or less) it will be highly likely that your group will be asked to join another school for fieldwork purposes.
Are towels supplied?
No. Both students and visiting staff will need to provide their own towels.
Can we self-tutor at the Cranedale Centre?
This is possible to do and prices are based on a 25% discount off the normal tutored course fee. Please note that self-tutored groups need to provide their own field equipment, waterproof clothing/footwear and transport to field sites.
Do students need to bring their own bedding?
No. All rooms are supplied with full bedding.
Do students need to bring their own wellington boots and waterproofs?
Yes. We recommend all students come with their own waterproofs and wellingtons. However, we do have a limited stock of waterproofs that can be loaned out.
Do you cater for dietary requirements?
We cater for all dietary needs but will need to know these in advance. To do this, we ask that you complete the dietary forms that are available within our Booking Form and send these to us as at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival to the Centre.
How far is the furthest field site?
Most of our fieldwork sites are within 45 min drive from the centre, with Hull been our furthest at just over an hour.
How many schools are normally in residence?
Often there are 2-3 schools in residence at the same time dependent on sizes.
Is there access for visitors with disabilities?
We always endeavour to be as inclusive as possible. We recommend that if you have any concerns to please get in touch with us and arrange to make a visit to the Centre to assess whether we are able to meet your needs.
Is there First Aid on site?
All Cranedale Tutors are First Aid trained. We also have a community public access defibrillator on-site.
What if we have decided to arrive by train?
Malton is our nearest train station. We do include free collection and delivery to the railway station at Malton if required.
What is the outline of a typical fieldwork day?
9:00 – 9:15am: Meet tutor and depart to field site
9:15am - 5:00pm: Tutored fieldwork day
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Student’s leisure time
6:00pm: Evening Meal
7:20pm – 8:30 pm Tutored session
8:30pm – 11pm: Student leisure time
11pm: Students asked to be in their rooms. An overnight on-call system is in place from 8:30pm until 8:15am the next day.
What qualifications does the tutor team hold?
All tutors hold a university degree at in Biology, Geography or Natural Sciences. For further and more specific detail please visit the staff page.
What size groups do you cater for?
The maximum capacity is 70-80 students dependent upon the gender split. Group sizes of 20-30 are the norm but bookings of 50-60 can find room on our calendar from time to time. Unfortunately we cannot individually tutor groups smaller than 8 and we do ask that they join other groups to make more viable numbers.
Will there be toilets available in the field?
Most of our field sites have toilets which are accessible at certain points during the day. However, there are some locations that we visit where there are no toilet facilities once we have left the centre – if this is the case there will always be the opportunity for a wild wee if needed [Click Here for more info]. We will inform you on the day so that you can be prepared for this. If you have any questions or concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact us.
Will we be walking far?
This will vary from day to day. Many of our days do involve a fair amount of walking, so it is important that you have suitable footwear to wear. A few of our field sites do involve steep hills, steps or uneven terrain. If the terrain or distance walked will be a problem for you or any of your students please contact us so that we can discuss possible alternative options.
Will we have one tutor throughout the trip or a number of different tutors?
Often a range of tutors will be involved in the teaching of a fieldcourse. This will depend on the duration of your stay and the number of students on a fieldtrip.