Learning is an adventure. Colfe’s has a dedicated Outdoor Education Department that serves the whole school – from Year 3 onwards, pupils benefit from an exciting programme led by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

Our Outdoor Education courses are structured to help build confidence by facing and overcoming challenges, improving teamwork and learning new skills – which will stay with pupils not just at school, but for the rest of their lives.

In the Junior School, Years 3 and 4 each have two separate days participating in activities such as raft building, low-ropes courses, sailing and abseiling. This leads to a four-day residential trip in Year 5 – followed by a week-long trip to Dorset in Year 6.

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 attend residential weeks in the Lake District, North Wales and Oxfordshire where they have the opportunity to try canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, mine exploration, gorge scrambling, mountain walking, high-ropes courses and bushcraft. After Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils continue to be offered Outdoor Education in the form of overseas expeditions. The Colfe’s Combined Cadet Force Squadron also operates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

More on Junior Outdoor Education

More on Senior Outdoor Education

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.