Outdoor Education is offered to Year 11 students. The course takes a more vocational format, not leading to one final assessed qualification, but to the acquisition of a number of entry level qualifications in outdoor sports. While none of these are professional qualifications, they would give the students valuable foundations in gaining NGB awards, as well as a boost to CVs and personal statements. These qualifications are taught alongside the central elements of the course; giving pupils experience in several different outdoor sports, a basic understanding of the science behind these sports and the fundamentals of leadership and group management.
Course content includes:
- First aid – students gain the St John’s First Aid for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award qualification
- Navigation leading to National Navigation Award (Bronze and Silver level)
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing – leading to NICAS awards
- Hillwalking leading to Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award
Mr King is qualified as an instructor in all of the disciplines taught in school. Prior to teaching he worked in the outdoor industry, teaching climbing and sailing. In his free time, he climbs as much as possible and races his mountain bike.