Outdoor Education at Appleton Academy

Over the past year, students at Appleton Academy have made great use of the Outdoor Education that is available to them. As a school, students have taken part in the following outdoor activities, which have all been delivered by the Academy’s own Outdoor Instructors;

  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Orienteering
  • Caving
  • Hill walking
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Sea level traversing
  • Mountaineering
  • Camp craft
  • Raft building
  • Kayaking – flat and moving water
  • Dragonboating
  • Sailing
  • Team building activities
  • Skiing

So far this academic year, the total number of participation hours in outdoor related activities during curricular and extra-curricular time has been just over 6000 hours. This is the total combined time spent by students taking part in outdoor activities. This equates to around 9 hours (nearly 2 days) of participation per student in Years 7 to 11.

The primary pupils also get to experience a variety of outdoor activities with pupils from years 5 and 6 taking part in the inter-house Dragonboating competition as well as curricular and extra-curricular climbing and biking. The feedback from pupils taking part in a variety of these activities has been very positive, with learning and enjoyment a main focus.

With further developments planned for the Academy grounds, the availability of outdoor educational activities at Appleton is increasing rapidly. The new facilities at the Academy allow pupils a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom. This provides pupils with many memorable learning experiences as well as developing personal skills in outdoor and adventurous activities, many of which can be transferred to inside the classroom. With current and new developments still underway, it is an exciting time heading forwards for Outdoor Education at Appleton Academy.

The Outdoor Education Team