Bladon House School Prospectus 20202021 Updated October 20

Outdoor Education continued …..

Awards Throughout the academic year, students are given the opportunity to complete various awards as part of the Outdoor Education programme. The Duke of Edinburgh award is well known around the world and provides personal development through an award system focusing on self - reliance and action in the community. Students work towards the Bronze Level award by learning a skill, taking part in a physical activity, volunteering in the community and taking part in an expedition that they have helped plan. Duke of Edinburgh sessions take part all year with the expedition taking place in the spring term. The John Muir Award encourages young people to discover a wild place, explore it, help with its conservation and share their experiences with others. The John Muir Award has 3 levels, Discovery, Explorer and Conserver. All students are given the opportunity to complete the Discovery Award which takes place during the winter term.

“ Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, its cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself ” Edward Abbey

Students are also given the opportunity to complete National Navigation Awards, Climbing Awards and British Canoe Union Star Awards.

Residential Trips During the summer term, students are given the opportunity to take part in residential trips which help build self - reliance and confidence. Residential trips range from overnight wild camping to multi activity trips in Wales where students will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as gorge walking and mountain biking.

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