Alex Rider Spy Academy


Subject: Spy Academy recruits -help us find the next Alex Rider!

Turn your students into super agents, watch them reap the rewards of team work, enjoy the thrills of the great outdoors, and ignite a passion for reading with the YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy.

We know how important it is to pick the right residential, which is why we are so proud to have teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you an exciting new Action Adventure package – YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy.

During this 2, 3 or 4 night residential experience, your students, or 'agents' as they will be referred to for the duration of the camp, will be put through their paces as they hone their skills at a variety of action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled activities, as well as a number of spy skills unique to our YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy.

Agents will be encouraged to climb, jump, leap, and step forward into new challenges as they gain new skills, build confidence and enjoy an all-encompassing learning experience. Abseil or climb on ‘real’ rock, learn essential field craft skills, canoe or raft across lakes, design new spy gadgets, crack the codes and hunt down the double agents, there are bags of exhilarating activities that are guaranteed to keep you and your students entertained in the unmissable YHA Spy Academy*.

Plus, in celebration of 15 years since the first Alex Rider book was published, all participating students will receive a free copy of Stormbreaker, courtesy of Walker Books, and exclusive discounts on the Alex Rider series.

All prices are based on full board accommodation and are inclusive of transport from the hostel to the activity locations.

It’s the perfect way to engage your students with a love of reading whilst enjoying real challenges in the great outdoors!

What makes this package so special?

  • Mark Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling Alex Rider books with a truly memorable residential experience
  • Students receive a free copy of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker, the first book in the Alex Rider series
  • Students receive a mission complete certificate of their achievements
  • Every participating school will receive discounted offers for the Alex Rider series
  • All transport to and from activity locations is included within the price
  • Evening activities are also included in the package

Learning outcomes

  • To demonstrate the ability to listen and act accordingly to instructions.
  • To demonstrate the key personal skills of resilience and self-motivation.
  • To demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, supporting, communicating and recognising the achievements of their peers.
  • To begin to understand the concept of risk and hazards, and show the development of personal risk management.
  • To demonstrate the ability to think strategically both as an individual or as a member of a team to complete complex and challenging tasks.
  • To demonstrate the ability to provide constructive feedback to all groups including their own.
  • To take part in adventurous and outdoor activities both as an individual and as part of a team.
  • To compare and reflect on previous performances and show an understanding of how improvements and progression has been made.

Need to know

  • All participating students will receive a free copy of Stormbreaker, the first in the Alex Rider series courtesy of Walker Books, plus exclusive discounts on the Alex Rider series and exclusive certificates of achievement.
  • Forget simulated alternatives, this package enables students to experience activities in the real outdoors.
  • We work with our own adventure centres and selected expert external providers to ensure the very highest health and safety standards are adhered to.

Teacher quote:

From the moment we arrived, the special agent mission and new agent names got the group instantly hooked. All the activities linked to the spy theme and gave the trip a new element.

The last day’s activity which led to the discovery of the Alex Rider books hidden in a room was brilliant! It meant we had 30 copies of the book (a rare thing indeed) and we started reading as a class as soon as we got back. We are currently three chapters from the end and the children are as hooked now as they were at the start. We have done lots of literacy work: comparing the book to the film, persuasive writing and lots of vocabulary work based on Horowitz's rich language. Our science has come from creating spy gadgets for Alex which covers a lot of areas of science in the new National Curriculum.

Andrea Fisher (Y5 Class teacher Stonelow Primary School)

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*These descriptions are for guidance only. Once a booking has been confirmed, Pro Active will contact the school or group leader regarding activity choices and age suitability.

Package prices from



per person
(exc VAT)

Price are based on a two night stay and include full board meals, accommodation and activities.


May include (dependent on location)

  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Weasling
  • Archery
  • Survival skills
  • Night hikes
  • Gadget design
  • Code cracking
  • Observation skills


Our unique bursary scheme Breaks for Kids offers up to 50% funding to cover the cost of YHA accommodation and food for children from low income households.

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

For schools and groups wanting to tackle low-level activities with a spy twist, check out our Alex Rider Mission Briefing package.