Loving the Great Outdoors

Outdoor education

The Summer Term was an extremely busy for the Outdoor Education team. Forest school, climbing and archery have continued throughout the term. With the good weather, many students have also been enjoying mountain biking and canoeing.

We also had several residential trips this term with students enjoying Duke of Edinburgh and canoe expeditions.

Forest School

Forest School has continued through the Summer Term with Draco, Ara, Vela, Lynx and Orion all learning about working with clay, water movement and shelters this term. Of course, no forest school session would be complete without the appearance of the giant marshmallows, which the students have expertly roasted on an open fire.

 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

We have had a total of eight candidates for the D of E Bronze award this year. All candidates took part in a qualifying expedition in the Derbyshire Dales that required two days of walking with an overnight camp. Everyone did extremely well on the expedition and we were delighted to see seven students complete their DofE Bronze awards, an achievement they can all be extremely proud of.


Canoeing took place all through the Summer Term with all classes given the opportunity to experience paddling a Canadian Canoe in a taster session. This year many students have progressed to completing a river journey on the River Trent.  Two students managed to complete a 12 mile journey while five students managed a 16 mile expedition with an overnight riverside camp.