School and Groups


Boy on top ropeClimbing is becoming an increasingly popular activity for schools and groups.   It is exciting, exhilarating and challenging.  It requires trust between peers, leadership and objective risk assessment –all life skills that a child will take with them beyond the climbing wall.  It is a fantastic sport for building a sense of self-worth and confidence.  Indoor climbing is now recognised as part of the mainstream sports curriculum as well as having applications for children with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as those who face emotional or behavioural challenges.  The Quay has been designed to cater for groups of climbers.  Our dedicated novice zone, abseil tower and instruction space will help ensure young climbers get the most out of their visit.    We run sessions with a maximum 1:9 instructor to child ratio so that we can deliver a fun and rewarding experience to each participant, whatever their age or ability.

We are an accredited provider of the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) which is the UK wide indoor climbing award scheme used in most climbing centres and now recognised by many GCSE exam boards as part of the sports syllabus.    As a NICAS Primary Centre we can offer in-house NICAS sessions but also train instructors within schools to deliver the scheme.  To learn more about the NICAS scheme click here.  We are able to tailor sessions to the needs of your group and have experience delivering everything from NICAS syllabus based sessions to individual coaching, gifted and talented programmes, to school activity days – often in conjunction with Clip ‘n Climb Exeter or Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.  We have also provided work experience for keen climbers in year 10 and 11.

Schools may bring their own instructors to lead groups or hire the team at the Quay to run sessions.  If you are bringing your own group please click here for more information about our Visiting Instructor Policy, in particular to check the qualifications and insurance we require.   We run programmes for teachers wishing to become qualified instructors.  Our Site Specific Scheme is designed to qualify you to instruct at the Quay only – we offer each local school the chance to train one teacher for free on this scheme.  Click here for more information.  Alternatively we run courses and the assessment for the MLTE Climbing Wall Award (CWA) which is the UK recognised indoor climbing instructor qualification.