Outdoor Education

We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development. Outdoor Education helps young people to become more motivated and independent. It develops practical life skills and lasting physical and mental well-being.

The school is one of the foremost providers of Outdoor Education in the UK.


Outdoor Education is run from our Department Office and our packed Equipment Store. Students can borrow kit which they need for expeditions. Our favourite resource is the great outdoors!

What we do:

We provide outdoor education opportunities for all students. As well as organising all the activities, challenges, trips and expeditions, we manage all aspects of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, which include volunteering, physical and skills sections plus a residential section at Gold level.

Students may also undertake John Muir Awards: these involve discovering wild places, exploring them, taking part in conservation activities and sharing experiences. In addition to the outdoor pursuits opportunities, there are bushcraft, survival, navigation and first aid courses available.

Recent overseas eco-challenges have seen students travelling to far-flung destinations, such as Borneo, Peru and South Africa, where they take part in ‘once in a lifetime’ community projects, trekking and wildlife experiences.


Head of Outdoor Education: 

Mrs A Wade
Teaching staff:  Mr V Wade, Mr S Schofield (eDofE) + a large team of staff volunteers
Administrator:  Mrs A Cox



A vast range of trips are available to pupils from Years 7 to 13:-

Year 7 Educational and Activity Residential at Ilam Hall, Derbyshire

Manor Adventure Outdoor Pursuits (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Adventure Safaris

Cycling and Expeditions (Years 7 & 8)

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (Year 9)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions (Years 9 – 13)

Summer Backpacking Challenges (Long Distance Trails)

Overseas Eco-Challenges biannually. Recent destinations have included Borneo and South Africa

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