Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits
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Outdoor Pursuits

In recent years the programme for Outdoor Pursuits has become a special strength of the school.

Pupils at QEH love to be active and regularly take part in Outdoor Pursuits. QEH encourages wider participation from those who would not normally consider themselves to be ‘sporty’ in the conventional sense.

As well as participating in the annual Ten Tors Challenge, over 150 pupils are involved in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with six weekends a year dedicated to Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions. ‘The QE Award’, our own variant of the scheme, is extended to boys in the lower part of the Senior School and in Years 5 and 6 of the Junior School .

A variety of activities is on offer during term-time, added to which there are many trips abroad in the holidays. Recently groups have travelled to the Dolomites, Corsica, the Isle of Rum and the Cairngorms.

The safety of the pupils is paramount. We are very fortunate in having a strong team of highly experienced staff with advanced Mountain Leader and first aid qualifications to accompany pupils in their outdoor activities.

Pupils’ success in such activities builds confidence and encourages them to feel good about themselves. It comes as no surprise that their fuller engagement in wider school life adds to their performance in the classroom.

“Pupils are confident articulate communicators; they listen well and produce effective written work.”  ISI Report, 2022
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