About Us

Somerset Outdoor and Residential Learning Service (SORLS), founded over forty years ago, has been continually offering learning in the environment and away from the classroom. The service has grown steadily and now proudly boasts four of the most established outdoor centres in the country: Kilve Court, Charterhouse Centre, the Outdoor Centre at Kilve and Great Wood Camp.

With a strong emphasis on community and with a heart for Somerset, we provide residential courses for schools, youth groups and individuals who wish to learn and explore in a new environment.

The service offers tailored outdoor learning experiences, day visits and holiday activities and is well respected nationally for its courses for more able students. These programmes focus on challenging learners to look at the subject in a new light, improving school attainment and supporting classroom learning.

SORLS exists to enable young people to undertake outdoor learning to expand their horizons and enrich their lives and is happy to mix adventure, personal and social values and education together in order to do so.

SORLS is part of Support Services for Education, a traded unit within Somerset County Council. For information on other services we provide, visit www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk.

A brief history

Kilve Court was purchased by Somerset County Council in 1962 as a Youth Centre, and has been developed over the years as a Residential Education Centre. Kilve Court is a Georgian Country House with modern extensions, situated in 40 acres of wooded grounds and gardens, at the foot of the Quantock Hills and one mile from the sea.

The Outdoor Centre replaced tents with wooden buildings in 1997.

Charterhouse joined the Kilve Court Centres in 2008.

Great Wood Camp is currently leased from The Great Wood Trust, which used to be a Scripture Union site.

Our Instructing Team

We continually encourage our staff team to develop new and existing skills to ensure each and everyone of them is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our customers.

All our staff have an up-to-date, enhanced DBS (police clearance) certificate and hold the necessary qualifications to carry out their role.

For any current vacancies, please look on the Somerset County Council website.

The Kilve Court & Charterhouse staff at Dillington House, January 2017