Expeditions & Adventures
With a focus on developing well-rounded individuals, we set high expectations of morals, effort, attitude and application – and want pupils to be confident, independent and capable when they leave. Expeditions Week plays an important role in achieving this.
Lasting 5-8 days and taking place in the final full week of the Summer term, this is very different from any other part of the curriculum, with the children following a programme that we have developed over many years.
Daily trips to places of interest of an educational and fun nature can include the Countryside Educational Trust, Hurst Castle, New Forest Centre, the Verderers' Court and RNLI lifeboat station at Lymington.
The entire year group has various trips and activities whilst camping in the school grounds. The emphasis of "Lodge Camp" is for the children to develop independence and to promote team-building skills. Individual Log Books frequently record that very few want to go home at the end of the week.
We divide the year group into 2-3 different expeditions, each of which heads further afield to camp and to visit sites in their area. This has included locations in the Isle of Wight, Devon, Cornwall and Norfolk.
The year group is based at a recognised Outward Bound Centre, staying overnight and undertaking activities of a physical and testing nature.
This year group travels to the school's own accommodation in Mull, Scotland where they undertake an exciting and stimulating Leadership Course to prepare for their final year. During this week many children demonstrate their suitability and potential to become Patrol Leaders and Prefects.
Always a memorable experience for our leavers, this expedition is specially designed each year. It might, for example, be an Outward Bound adventure to rugged countryside somewhere in the UK to engage in kayaking, white-water rafting, windsurfing, riding, climbing, walking and many other pursuits.