About us

Gorsefield Rural Studies Centre is a residential centre based in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex.. The Edwardian House sits on a 7 acre site surrounded by the picturesque Essex countryside. It has been owned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets since 1990 and welcomes schools and community groups from the Borough throughout the year. The centre provides a warm and welcoming environment in which visitors can feel safe and secure.


Objectives of the Centre


Be Healthy – Gorsefield aims to:
  • Provide activities and space that encourage physical exercise and develop co-ordination
  • Provide home cooked, healthy food.
  • Provide a positive environment that promotes development of healthy self esteem and emotional wellbeing.


Enjoy and Achieve –Gorsefield aims to:
  • Provide a safe, welcoming environment for all visitors.
  • Promote high standards of behaviour and develop children’s awareness of risk and their responsibility in controlling hazards.


Stay Safe –Gorsefield aims to:
  • Provide all children with an opportunity to experience new activities in a different learning environment.
  • Provide children with an opportunity to study and experience life in a rural environment.
  • Provide opportunities to develop and extend aspects of the National Curriculum that are studied in class.


Make a Positive Contribution – Gorsefield aims to:
  • Increase children’s understanding of the environment and the importance of sustainable living
  • Enable teachers to gain greater understanding of children’s learning needs and social development, so that classroom learning can be more effective, enabling children to achieve more.


Achieve Economic Well-Being –Gorsefield aims to:
  • Give children the opportunity to experience new things and open their eyes to new challenges, environments and ways of living.
  • Encourage children to develop the independence, self confidence, sense of responsibility and positive social attitudes that will enable them to contribute positively to society and achieve prosperity.