Outdoor Education

At Abbotsholme outdoor education has a part to play in all young people’s development, no matter what their level of ability and experience. A combination of inspirational teaching and the use of positive role models raise aspirations and confidence, and helps with learning and achievement. This benefits other areas of their education and personal life, in terms of confidence, self-esteem, social awareness and decision-making. Not only this, it is real, fun and can be truly life changing.


Timetabled Lessons

Years 3-6 Thursday afternoons for two half terms within the academic year.

Activities are: team building, bushcraft, orienteering, climbing and kayaking in the school pool. We are very lucky to have extensive grounds, meaning that all of these activities take place on our school site.


Every October for 2 days the whole prep school goes hill walking in various local areas, staying overnight in local bunkhouses, experiencing a night away with their teachers and friends. The smaller pupils will go to Dovedale which is very local to the school, where as the older Year 6 pupils will stay and walk in the Peak District National Park which is only 30 minutes drive from the school.

Prep Camps

During the Summer Term, Years 1 – 6 participate in a multi activity camp sleeping under canvas. For years 1 & 2 this is for one night on the school sports fields, and for the older students this is for two nights in the Peak District National Park.


Weekday Activities

Rockholme Climbing Club – Monday lunchtime

Rockholme Climbing Club – Monday after school

Weekend Trips

Every term there are several Orienteering events that are open to Year 5 upwards.