We recognise that many of life’s most valuable lessons are learned outside the classroom and as we are situated in the beautiful Somerset countryside, we take advantage of our location as much as possible.
We don’t know what the future holds, but we can be sure that over the next 30 or 40 years, our children will find themselves dealing with challenges and questions beyond our current comprehension, in which they will have to rely on their own resources and ingenuity. We hope that our children leave us as well equipped as possible to take on whatever challenges life may bring. A good outdoor education helps to develop and nurture these qualities and skills in young people.
With our own Forest School location in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, Outdoor Education is part of the curriculum for children in our Prep Years. The Forest School philosophy is a vital part of school life and through their experiences our children learn many essential life skills; learning for life.
Children enjoy residential trips to the Kilve Court Outdoor Centre, where they experience a variety of activities from coasteering, pond-dipping, climbing to fossil-hunting and orienteering. They also visit the Outdoor Centre in Brenscombe in Dorset, where they try their hand at powerboat driving, climbing and abseiling on the stunning cliffs at Swanage, getting an adrenalin-high on a ropes course, rafting and kayaking and canoeing and other outdoor activities as well as surveying the local geological features of the coastline.
A Survival Club, run by an ex-military member of staff is hugely popular with children as they learn how to make waterproof matches, light fires and survive independently.
In addition, there are many varied trips to woodlands, beaches and the local moorlands to tie in elements of the classroom curriculum with hands-on experiences.