Outdoor Learning

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Students enjoy an exciting range of outdoor and adventurous activities throughout the year. West Buckland is situated in a part of the country which offers wonderful opportunities for climbing, kayaking, surfing and a great many other adventurous activities. The school has a strong commitment to offering students of all ages opportunities to enjoy these experiences and to develop their skills to a very high level. We value greatly the opportunities for personal development this aspect of our curriculum offers.

Many West Buckland students participate in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and we enter two or three Ten Tors teams every year In the summer there is a major expedition either in the UK or overseas. The CCF programme also shares many of the aims and objectives of the Outdoor Education programme.

The Adventure Society

Adventure Society and Boarding Activities

West Buckland School has had a long history of nurturing students to develop a sense of adventure and team building, we have been involved in Ten Tors and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme for over 40 years! The new Adventure Society is open to all pupils and builds upon our long association with Ten Tors and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, as well as our tradition of the ‘The Exmoor’ run and other highly successful outdoor activities.

The aims of the Adventure Society

We aim to embrace the unique and privileged location of the school– with Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks as well as miles of coastland and beaches, all on our doorstep - to provide all students with fantastic opportunities for outdoor learning and adventure. These areas make excellent outdoor classrooms whilst enabling students to have a fun and enjoyable experience. Using these wild and natural environments, pupils start to learn through their own experiences: respecting their natural surroundings; challenging themselves and building upon their strengths mentally and physically; recognising their limitations and become enterprising and confident young people.

The Adventure Society co-ordinates a series of events and activities throughout the year to meet these aims.

Examples of activities include:

  • Indoor and outdoor climbing and bouldering, including entering competitions
  • Surfing and coast-steering
  • Paddle sports: kayaking and canoeing
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Bushcraft and environmental/ conservation work (The John Muir award)Archery
  • Team building activities including paintball/laser quest, go-karting, ice skating, art and crafts, visits to local tourist attractions.