About Us

We are a charity seeking to enhance the range of opportunities available to people in North Tyneside and beyond through High Borrans OEC. The charity aims to ensure quality and equality of residential outdoor education provision by supporting High Borrans and its activities.

Our Charity Number is 1160185


High Borrans OEC is a centre of excellence for sustainable outdoor education by offering a safe, secure and welcoming residential environment. Operated by North Tyneside Council, the Centre is based in the heart of the Lake District and has been providing high quality courses for groups since 1967.

A High Borrans experience enriches the learning of children and young people, by improving their personal and social development and environmental awareness, as well as their emotional and physical health. The wide range of experiences (e.g. adventurous activities, field studies, environmental discovery and the conservation of the natural world) helps them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

OFSTED agrees that ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ is invaluable:

When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils' personal, social and emotional development.

It is estimated that in the region of 200,000 North Tyneside citizens, young and old, student and teacher, have gone through the doors of High Borrans, as well as many others from around the country, and even the world!

Visit the High Borrans website for information about the Centre.


The charity is run by people from business and the public sector, bringing their skills together for free to facilitate fundraising to help change lives and break cycles of deprivation, thus improving the life chances of disadvantaged children.

We achieve this by using the funds to improve access to High Borrans for children who for whatever reason may be unable to go under normal circumstances.

The website has been built to tell you about us, our aims and how you can join us. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and are inspired to join us in our mission.

Young Leaders Award

The Young Leaders Award Scheme is a progressive annual programme aimed at helping North Tyneside secondary school students learn how to stand out from the crowd when moving on into the world of further education or employment.

The scheme challenges the young people to step out of their comfort zones, develop skills and experiences that employers are seeking, as well as having fun and making new friends.

The 2013 Young Leaders enjoying a campfire at High Borrans

The 2013 Young Leaders enjoying a campfire at High Borrans

The Award has 4 levels of progressive participation:

Young Leaders - Year 10s

Mentors - Year 11s

Ambassadors - Year 12s

Leaders - Year 13s

About the scheme

Participants undertake fundraising to cover part of the cost, which is also subsidised by contributions from the Friends of High Borrans and the North Tyneside Learning Trust, as well as the schools involved.

During the course the students take part in a summer residential course at High Borrans (including an overnight expedition for Young Leaders), first aid training, reunion and the presentation award ceremony towards the end of the year.

Once students have completed the course, they are invited to progress to the next stage of the scheme the following year to really hone their leadership skills.

FoHB Young Leaders Award Summary - Annual Programme

Young Leaders Analysis of Impact Report November 2014

For more information and how to apply, please contact the centre on 015394 42816 or email [email protected]


Applications are now open for the Young Leaders Award 2018. Please email [email protected] if interested.

Here is all the information from 2017 for now, so you can see how it all works...

Young Leaders flyer - 2017

YL Award Residential Programme 2017

Application Forms:

Young Leaders Application Form 2017

Young Leaders Mentors Application Form 2017

Young Leaders Ambassadors Application Form 2017

Young Leaders 'LEADERS' Application Form 2017

Medical Form:

YL Medical Form UNDER 18s


Thursday 16th March 2017

YL Introductory Information Evening - 16 March 2017 - Percy Park Rugby Club - 6pm - 8pm

Segedunum Sponsored Abseil 2017

Each year we offer award participants the opportunity to raise sponsorship for their place on the scheme by abseiling off the viewing tower at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend.

In 2017 the event took place on Monday 5th June between 3pm and 8pm. If you are an award participant and would like to take part, please email [email protected] to book a place.

FoHB Segedunum sponsor form

If you're wondering what the famous Dangle at 'Dunum experience is really like...read all about it and see the photos HERE.


Following on from the success of the programme over the last couple of years, we are continuing in 2017 to offer our Primary Enrichment Bursary for the Year 5s and 6s from North Tyneside schools. Each year some children, though no fault of their own, miss the chance to visit the Lake District and enjoy High Borrans.

So with a little help from our friends at the North Tyneside Learning Trust, we are providing a free residential experience at High Borrans from:

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November 2017

There are places available for up to 2 pupils from each North Tyneside School who would not normally have the opportunity to participate in such a provision.

For more information contact [email protected]


Anyone can become a member of the 'Friends of High Borrans' and joining couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is fill in one simple Membership form and donate via the Just Giving buttons, or send a cheque to the address below.

Join Now - Annual Membership fees are as follows:


Individual (family) £15
Corporate 1-50 (and schools/groups) £50
Corporate 50+ £100
2 x Newsletters, a certificate, exclusive invitation to events


Individual (family) £25
Corporate 1-50 (and schools/groups) £75
Corporate 50+ £200
2 x Newsletters, a certificate, exclusive invitation to events, High Borrans gift


Individual (family) £40
Corporate 1-50 (and schools/groups) £100
Corporate 50+ £300
2 x Newsletters, a certificate, exclusive invitation to events, High Borrans gift, discount for dedicated Friends of High Borrans courses and events* and gifts

* Terms and conditions apply.

These are set at the minimum donation, but you are welcome to offer more at your discretion.

Annual membership runs for 12 months from January each year. To discuss a lifetime membership please contact the Membership Secretary at [email protected]

Please note that if you are gift-aiding your membership you must be a British taxpayer and your gift aid contribution cannot be greater than the amount you pay in tax.

Paying by cheque

Please send cheques (payable to 'Friends of High Borrans') to the Membership Secretary at:

c/o High Borrans Outdoor Education Centre, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1JS

Meet the Team

Committee Members

We're a friendly bunch of people who share a love of High Borrans, whether that be living, working or playing (and sometimes all three!) in this very special place.

Alex Giles is our Chairman extraordinaire, bringing his business brains and unstoppable enthusiasm to the table.

Rob Smith is Committee Chairman and Bursary Leader. He's been involved with High Borrans for longer than he cares to remember.

Joanna Barnett was the Head of Centre at High Borrans for over 13 years and is now a Trustee of the charity.

Debbie Linsley somehow manages to find time to be the Charity Secretary, as well as teaching at Richardson Dees Primary School.

Paul Merrison is Treasurer and Lead Volunteer, when he's not winning medals for representing his country as a runner.

Steve Braysher is a Lead Volunteer whose uses his past as a geography teacher to create unique expeditions for the Young Leaders.

Richard Corbishley is also a Lead Volunteer who has been bringing his primary school children to High Borrans for years. And not just for the steak pie.

Imelda Milner Paula Richardson and Susan Winter work on the Primary Bursary as well as finding time to run their primary schools.

Mandy Bennett helps with Membership Promotion when she's not busy conquering the world of sport with Sport North Tyneside.

If you fancy joining us or helping out with the Friends in any way, we'd love to hear from you!


Professor Roy Sandbach

Mark Wilson

Leo Houlding

Richard Hawley

Sarah Blackwell


Northumbria School of English LogoNorth Tyneside Learning Trust    JGS logo  Grisport Logo


The annual FoHB Working Party Weekend will be held on Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th February 2018. It will be the usual format - arrivals on Friday evening (we suggest a pub supper), then hard work, fun and food, with departures on Sunday after lunch. We are asking for a £30pp contribution to cover the cost of food.

If you'd like to join us, please email [email protected] for more information.

Contact Us

Talk to us: Tel: 015394 42816   Email us: [email protected]
Write to us: Friends of High Borrans c/o High Borrans OEC, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1JS
Or pop on over to our facebook or twitter pages to say hello and catch up on our latest news.
Our Instagram page is run by young people for young people!
Our Charity Number is 1160185