Life at St Mary's
Derwent Hill is owned and operated by Sunderland City Council.
It was one of the first local authority outdoor education centres in England and has been in operation since 1962. The centre has grown since then and they now provide a wide range of services, but their core purpose is still the same: to provide high quality residential outdoor education for the children and young people of Sunderland, which includes some of the most deprived areas in the country.
The income they generate from other work is used to keep down the costs of courses for schools and youth groups. They operate year-round and employ about 30 staff.