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In the junior years outdoor education is a compulsory part of the timetable, starting in the Summer term of D (year 9), when pupils spend an afternoon each week learning about camp-craft, navigation and the natural environment. The emphasis of the D training programme is to give the pupils the skills and awareness to be in the outdoor environment and go for a walk with confidence and enthusiasm. The term culminates in a two-day hike and camp across Purbeck, where pupils put their new skills to the test.
In C (year 10), pupils take part in a wide variety of activities, providing lots of new experiences and broadening their horizons. At the end of the Spring term, the whole year group spends five days at Skern Lodge, North Devon, where pupils have the opportunity to take part in taster sessions in a wide range of activities. In the past, many pupils have discovered a passion for a new hobby while taking part in adventure training and have chosen to explore these further as part of the ECA programme.
D Adventure Training activities
Tents and shelters
Camping stoves and trangias
C Adventure Training activities
First aid course
Canoeing and kayaking