The School's commitment to providing a supportive environment for experiential learning extends far beyond the classroom. Opportunities for Outdoor Learning are integral to our curriculum and the experiences which students have at the school.
The principals underlying our approach to Outdoor Learning emphasise:
- The development of community
- The significance of leadership and teamwork
- The discovery of both confidence and compassion
- The value of respect for self and others
- The need for stewardship of the environment
- The relevance of the natural world to learning in the classroom and beyond
Outdoor Learning provides opportunities for developing new skills and understanding through tangible experiences in the outdoors.
At the heart of many of these activities and experiences are opportunities to build confidence, self-esteem, empathy and social skills. Students learn the relationship between perseverance and success, and are able to apply this to their approach to academic work and other areas of their lives.
Activities undertaken include:
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Bushcraft Skills
- Rock Climbing
- Hill Walking
- Mountain Biking
- Gorge walking
- Cooking in the outdoors
Some activities are linked to specific awards and certificates e.g. DofE, AQA Awards, and the year culminates in week-long residential camp in July, where the particular camp and activities are matched to the student's abilities and needs.