We are strong believers in the power of outdoor activities to boost students’ self-esteem and help them achieve their full potential, socially and academically. Our team includes a qualified outdoor education teacher and we also work with a number of partner organisations:
- Outdoor Academy at Ufton Court.
- Outward Bound.
- The Teenage Wilderness Trust.
Outdoor activities are part of core PE for all our Key Stage 3 pupils (Years 7–9). We also offer students the opportunity to get involved in:
- The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (we are a Directly Licensed Centre).
- The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme.
- Two canoeing schemes: Paddlepower and BCU Star Tests.
Helping our students flourish
Outdoor education can make a real difference to students who need a bit of extra help to achieve their potential. It can also be effective as part of an alternative curriculum to support students who are disengaged in school or who may be at risk of exclusion.
To back up anecdotal evidence around the benefits of outdoor education we are currently working with the University of Reading on a three-year research project looking at its impact on academic attainment.