Sport and Outdoor Education
With rich and varied countryside on our doorstep, we take every opportunity to deliver the curriculum outdoors.
These activities can range from Pre-School activities - cooking, climbing and exploring nature in the local woods - to Duke of Edinburgh Award activities in the nearby lakes and mountains.
Outdoor education is a key feature of life at the school. We have made a conscious decision to make maximum use of the fabulous natural resource we have on our doorstep. Whilst many students are enthusiastic about conventional sports we also have the opportunity to extend provision to include a range of activities that students can pursue throughout their lives. Several specialist teachers and instructors are employed to ensure that those resources and opportunities are promoted.
Hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, camping and canoeing are activities that feature in the school’s physical education programme.
The school makes use of its own lakeside property, just 30 minutes drive from the school, for some of these activities. Set amongst forest and in hilly terrain, the location is ideal for hiking, climbing, canoeing and camping. In addition, the five acres of grounds provide opportunities for undertaking scientific and environmental activities and for inspiring art and literacy work.
During the early autumn and summer months, groups of students, under the direction of teachers, may spend time at the cabin on day trips, older students may make overnight camping trips.
The school has invested in age appropriate outdoor play equipment in its playgrounds, especially designed to stretch our youngest students' physical skills whilst they play.
All students receive two hours each week of physical education, as part of the curriculum. The school has a multi-purpose hall in the lower primary school and a well equiped gymnasium in the main school building, to facilitate these studies. The adjacent playing fields include three artificial grass pitches, a running track, a beach volleyball pitch and an outdoor basketball court. In addition, school makes good use of local sports facilities for activities such as indoor athletics and swimming. Swimming is compulsory for all students in the upper primary school, as a means of ensuring that every child learns to swim.