Outdoor Challenge Award

The Outdoor Challenge Award presents an opportunity for children develop key skills such perseverance, determination and resilience by exposing them to a perceived level of heightened risk.

Children spend time training during the Autumn and Spring term, developing teamwork and leadership skills, in activities such as Kayaking, Canoeing, Bikeability, Climbing, Navigation, Forest School, Survival Training, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Low Ropes, High Ropes, Raft Building and Camping. These skills are then put into practice in the Summer term when every child departs on their Outdoor Challenge Award Expedition to locations such as the Brecon Beacons, Isle of Wight, River Wye and the New Forest.

Although every child returns home exhausted and filthy dirty they all feel a massive sense of achievement and have had great time, with great friends, in the process!

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"We are not born with common sense. It comes from experiencing the world around us. It is up to us as a society to develop and nurture common sense in our young people. We can start this at an early age by exposing them to a wide range of experiences and allowing them to face challenges so that they can begin to understand the possible outcomes. We probably all remember the most enjoyable times we had as a child, as the ones that gave us a sense of adventure and freedom. We may have sustained the odd scrape but most of us would say it was worth it." ​(Judith Hackitt CBE, HSE Chair, 2015).