In an ever-changing world young people need to be adaptable. Supporting the academic subjects, our Adventure Programme enables students to develop a Growth Mindset. It aims to produce individuals that are not only confident, tenacious, independent, and happy, but resilient; willing to fail and try again. Thus allowing children to maximise their potential in all areas of life, including academia.
Our Adventure programme forms a compulsory component of the curriculum for students up to Year 9, while students in Year 10 and Year 11 have the option to continue in the programme or specialise in a particular skill. Each year group has an entire morning or afternoon devoted to Outdoor Education once every two weeks. The activities include climbing, mountain biking, caving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and bushcraft. Students in Year 12 and Year 13 can opt to undertake a BTEC in Outdoor Adventure. This course offers the opportunity to study Outdoor Education, and discover how and why it is used as a learning medium. The course has a strong emphasis on both personal development in leadership and outdoor skill acquisition.
Our instructors are professionally qualified to issue highly regarded certificates and all pupils can progress through the levels in each Watersport, ultimately working towards their own instructor’s qualification, if they choose to do so. This is a unique opportunity, and we aim to enlighten and present an opportunity for each pupils to excel at their own pace and comfort zone in familiar waters.
The programme of competitive sailing, training, and team regattas, which is held at Hodge Howe Watersports Centre, has led to a number of pupils achieving staggering success in sailing. In 2017, two students from Windermere School won a Bronze medal in the World Championships, along with a second-place position at the National Championships.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is highly regarded by both employers and further education establishments alike, and is a real adventure for pupils in Years 10 and above.
In order to achieve their award pupils must take part in four sections: a skill, physical recreation, service, and an expedition. Additionally, at gold level, participants must undertake a five-day residential visit of their choice. The award scheme is challenging and requires commitment and determination.
Participants can design their own award to suit their interests and level of ability. All that is required is that they show progress and participate regularly. The expedition section provides wonderful opportunities to develop team work and leadership skills, as well the opportunity to explore the stunning landscape around us.
At Windermere School, our Adventure Programme incorporates not only water-based sports but outdoor Adventure. In Junior school pupils take part in half a day of outdoor learning every week, beginning from Year 3.