Outdoor activities are know to develop important personal traits such as leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence and consideration. These life skills prepare students for life after education and are highly valued by the students and society.
The school has a strong involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and has had many individual and group successes in the scheme in recent years. We try to encourage boys to take part in this award which is very highly regarded by employers, parents and educational establishments.
Buxworth Base is the former railway station at Buxworth in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It is owned by Burnage Academy for Boys and provides a base for outdoor activities.
It is located in the village of Buxworth, about 18 miles from central Manchester – close enough to be easily reached, but far enough away to be ‘different!’
Buxworth Base was set up by converting the former railway station in the village of Buxworth into a self-contained Residential / Activity Centre, with the objective of providing young people with opportunities to access the countryside at affordable cost.
It is available for letting as self-catering accommodation to schools, youth organisations, and other corporate bodies. It can also be used as a camping base for activities such as Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.
Buxworth is a good base for all types of activity in both the Dark and White Peak areas of the National Park; Edale, Castleton, Hayfield, Kinder Scout and Buxton are close by. It is about 25 miles west of Sheffield, 30 miles from the M1, 33 miles from the M6 and 14 miles from the M60. The main line of the Peak Forest Canal starts in the village at Bugsworth Basin. The O.S. Grid reference of the site is: SK 024823.
Buxworth Base is set in private grounds, reached by a short, steep private road. [This is usable only by minibuses. Large coaches cannot directly access the site.] At the level of the house is a large flat area of ground, enclosed by fences, gates and walls. There is a parking area and 3 separate grass areas which can be used for activities orto pitch tents for camping. The rest of the grounds are mostly woodland on steep banks. The operational railway line is separated from the grounds by a 3m spiked palisade fence. Passing trains cause little disturbance (especially inside the house which has very thick walls!)
Health and Safety:
A statutory Fire Risk Assessment is in place and all work identified in this as necessary has been carried out. There are modern fire alarm and emergency lighting systems. These and the fire extinguishers provided are maintained by contractors. The water, sanitary, electrical, heating and gas systems are all maintained and tested by contractors; portable appliances are tested annually by contractors. Fire alarms, and emergency lights are tested, and water temperatures are monitored and recorded weekly by school staff. The kitchen is checked weekly by school staff and fridge-freezer temperatures are monitored and recorded weekly.
Buxworth Base is available for schools young peoples’ and adults’ organisations to hire for day or overnight visits. For current rates please contact the Buxworth Coordinator. Any group renting the Centre has full and exclusive use of the Centre for the duration of their stay.
- Buxworth Base is available for hire as a self-catering residential base, or as a campsite or as a combination of these uses.
- Bookings are normally accepted only from organisations with a management group and, where young people are involved having a child safeguarding policy in place.
- No tuition, supervision, outdoor pursuits equipment or catering is offered. All rentals are on an “accommodation only” basis.
The address for enquiries and correspondence is:
The Buxworth Coordinator, Burnage Academy for Boys, Burnage Lane, Manchester M19 1ER
Landline: 0161 132 1527 ext. 172
Mob: 0779 556 8237
Fax: 0161 442 5688