In all aspects of school life we aim for pupils to take responsibility for their own progress. Outdoor Pursuits provide unique opportunities for this and we believe that these activities will foster an innate sense of leadership in each of them while giving them a true sense of working as an individual and in teams.
The Outdoor Pursuits Centre provides a focal point for the pupils taking part in highly popular activities such as the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as a variety of adventurous pursuits in the UK and further afield.
Other opportunities for outdoor experience include the Challenger Yacht Sailing, the Charlton Chase – a night navigation exercise and the Ten Tors Challenge.
We are also pleased to support the initiatives of pupils which often involve fundraising for charity. Sixth Form pupils have completed the Five Peaks Challenge, scaling the 5 highest mountains in the UK and Ireland in 48 hours and following after a year of training another group of leavers in Year 13 swam across the Solent raising £7000 for Help for Heroes.
New initiatives in response to demand from pupils include Triathlon training as a Year 10 and Sixth Form Games option as well as a club. We like to encourage participation as early as possible and the Middle School activity weekend to the Isle of Wight is particularly popular. This has led us to a start an orienteering club aimed at the younger pupils.