Outdoor Education

In the 21st century women face demands for an ever increasing range of talents and attributes, many of which cannot be learned in classrooms.

Our Outdoor Education Programme provides activities that inspire and empower girls, while building the resilience required for both the professional and personal sphere. Whether it’s trekking in the Andes or learning how to deal with a sprained ankle, the programme is an excellent grounding for all our pupils.

Through non-competitive activities, girls are encouraged to challenge themselves and develop a responsibility to others and their community. From climbing and bushcraft, to sailing and trekking, courage and creativity are nurtured in numerous ways.

All Lower College pupils take part in annual events. There are outdoor activities in Year 7 (LC1), a residential weekend in Year 8 (LC2) and a camp in Year 9 (LC3). Also in Year 9 and throughout Upper College, pupils are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which continues to be a worthwhile scheme for both personal development and university applications.

The Adventure Club offers a wide range of activities including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking and walking in the Cotswolds. Qualifications are available in topics ranging from First Aid to scuba diving. To satisfy the wanderlust in many of our girls, the department runs excursions to far-flung destinations ranging from Peru and Borneo to India and Tanzania.