Outdoor Education

Outdoor learning experiences are often remembered for a lifetime. Integrating learning and outdoor experiences, whether through play in the immediate grounds or local adventures further afield, provides relevance and depth to the curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors.

The core values of Abbotsholme resonate with long-standing key concepts of outdoor learning. Challenge, enjoyment, resilience, courage, connecting with the environment and an adventurous approach to learning are at the core of outdoor education. The outdoor environment encourages staff and students to see each other in a different light, building positive relationships and improving self-awareness and understanding of others.

Our aims are to provide adventurous and challenging outdoor experiences for pupils, in order to develop skills, qualities and attitudes that will contribute to the development of the whole person and make for a more fulfilled life. In doing so, due regard is taken for the individual learning needs and abilities of pupils and their safety and welfare.


Timetabled Lessons

Years 7-9 Tuesday afternoons for two half terms within the academic year.

Activities are: team building, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, bushcraft, rock scrambling, orienteering, caving and climbing. Some of the activities are on the school site, but often we visit fantastic sites in the nearby area.

Senior Hikes

Every October for three days the whole school goes hill walking in various areas of the U.K. (Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and Lake District)

Senior Expeditions

The senior school pupils will complete a mini expedition each year during the Summer Term.

  • Year 7 – Mountain bike across the Peak District, 2 days
  • Year 8 – Canoe down the River Severn, 3 days
  • Year 9 – Bronze DofE Assessment Expedition, 2 days
  • Year 10 – Canoe, bike and hike 30 miles across the Lake District, 4 days
  • Year 12 – Gold Duke of Edinburgh Assessment Expedition (on foot, by boat or by bike), 5 days


Weekday Activities

Rockholme Climbing Club – Monday after school

Weekend Trips

There are outdoor trips for all years involving a wide variety of activities:

  • Year 7 – Adventure Weekend
  • Year 8 – Mystery Adventure Weekend
  • Year 9 – Wild Night in the Mountains
  • Year 10 – Wild Night in the Woods
  • Year 11 – Wild Night, The Power on One (24hr solo experience)

Open to all are Orienteering, Mountain Biking, White Water Kayaking, and Sea Kayaking trips too.

Holiday Trips

Abbotsholme has an incredible history in going to amazing places across the planet in search of adventure. Trips within the holidays tend to be for Year 9 and above, and include trips such as sea kayaking in Sweden, mountain biking in Scotland, sailing across the Channel to France, trekking in the Himalayas, cross country Skiing in Norway, and canoeing in the Canadian wilderness.