Outdoor Pursuits

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The Outdoor Pursuits department takes full advantage of the beautiful and challenging countryside in which the School is situated. All pupils are able to experience a range of adventure sports under the leadership of qualified and experienced staff.

On Friday afternoons, all Year 9 pupils follow a programme of activities leading to the award of the Giggleswick Certificate. This involves climbing, caving, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering as well as expedition training to prepare for a two day unaccompanied journey at the end of the summer term.

Senior pupils are able to choose OP as a games option, using afternoon sessions to develop their technical skills in a full range of sports. We emphasise the importance of understanding safety issues and using sound judgement, as well as gaining technical experience.

Throughout the year, Sunday trips provide the opportunity for pupils of all age groups to get further afield, including caving in the Dales, white water kayaking in Snowdonia and mountaineering in the Lake District.

We have our own 1.4km purpose-built mountain bike trail in the Ghyll Field, just adjacent to Catteral House.  Pupils can bring their own bikes and safety equipment, but the School has a number of bikes for pupil use.

International expeditions give a cultural experience as well as physical and mental challenge. In recent years trips have taken pupils to the Zanskar region of the Himalaya and the High Atlas of Morocco.


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