Maiden Erlegh School is proud and privileged to be joint owner of Tirabad. Together with Charters and Emmbrook schools, Tirabad has become an incredibly successful centre that has been educating students for over 40 years.
Tirabad Residential Education Centre is situated in the village of Tirabad near Llangammarch Wells about twenty miles from Brecon. The building, formerly a hunting lodge is now run by the Tirabad Trust. Tirabad serves the needs of students throughout the year providing Outdoor activities and field study courses as well as more specialised courses as the need arises. Three full time teachers staff the centre, all experienced and qualified to lead outdoor activities along with three student instructors.
The centre achieves its aim through numerous outdoor pursuits including:
- Climbing Mountain Walking
- Caving Kayaking/Canoeing
- Bivvy/Camping Gorge Walking
- Problem Solving Shelter Building
Along with many other activities depending on the age group of the course.
Students benefit from attending Tirabad courses in many ways. Due to the nature of the courses students are able to make new friends and enjoy time with other students without the distraction of mobile phones or games consoles.
The students are able to push their independence to levels they are confident with, in doing that self esteem and confidence levels are raised.
Tirabad also grants them a week away with friends, taking part in sports that are not readily available on the doorstop in Reading and the surrounding areas. This introduction to activities can sometimes lead to lifelong pursuits in areas such as caving, climbing and kayaking.
The students at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading are incredibly lucky to have such an opportunity available to them, it certainly is a unique part of Maiden Erlegh life.