I'd give this a 'poor' or 'terrible' rating to be honest (with my protective hat on) but I am sure my 10 year old son had a great time and would give it a much higher score based on the fun factor so I've averaged it out. He wasn't on a school trip, he was on a multi activity holiday, away from home for the first time, with his friend, in the 10-13 age group.
He was ill towards the end of his week and put in quarantine until collected and we certainly don't have a problem with using a quarantine system when so many other children have to be considered. However he still can't keep down food some 3/4 nights later and we know from our son that about 10 children were in quarantine with him and that both my son's groupies were also ill too.
The problem we have is that nobody from PGL contacted us to tell us that our son was ill, to give us the opportunity to collect him early, which without a doubt we would have done. We've checked all 'phones and with our emergency contact. Our son said he was told they were calling us.
We've now contacted PGL to ask them to explain matters to maybe help his doctor with any valuable insight as to the illness and also to explain why on earth they didn't contact us. After all he's only a little boy.
I think parents need to know about this kind of thing (possibly no contact from PGL when your child is unwell) and be aware this might happen - so that's why we're sharing. I'm sure PGL will help us.
Oh and another small tip, when a groupie tells you not to bother unpacking for your child when you drop them off and see their cabin, ignore them and unpack for your child! In fact give your child a bag labelled for every day of the week. On these holidays the children look after themselves, decide how many showers they have etc, 100%. If you've got a typical boy like me, the contents of the case may come home 3/4 clean and if they lose their raincoat for example, like my son did, that's it, they're on their own without any protection from the rain, even if it rains. Young 'groupies' are certainly not 'in loco parentis'!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pgl Boreatton Park Hotel Shrewsbury
- PGL Boreatton Park Shrewsbury, Shropshire