Department of Outdoor Education

Outdoor Activities

Colfe’s has a dedicated Outdoor Education Department which serves the whole school.

Over the last 30 years Colfe’s pupils have enjoyed outdoor education courses during curriculum time.

Currently all Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils attend residential weeks in the Lake District, North Wales and Oxfordshire.

Pupils gain a great deal from these experiences; this is part of our ethos of developing the whole child. They are guided through challenging activities which help to develop their confidence in one another, themselves and staff. They also get the opportunity to stay in some of the most spectacular scenery in the United Kingdom.

Pupils attend the courses in term time accompanied by school staff. They take part in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, mine exploration, gorge scrambling, mountain walking, high ropes courses and bushcraft. All centres used are licensed by AALA – The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.

After Years 7, 8 & 9 pupils continue to be offered outdoor education in, for example, overseas expeditions and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Combined Cadet Force Squadron also operates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and represents amazing opportunities for personal development. There are also outdoor education options in games periods. e.g. scuba, kayaking, sailing and climbing.