Outdoor Pursuits (OP) plays a key role in life at Giggleswick and we take full advantage of the beautiful and challenging countryside in which the School is situated. The department has had Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status since 2004, with five mountain leaders, two winter mountain leaders and five rock climbing instructors within school staff.
Over 160 pupils take part in a variety of OP activities and we emphasise the importance of understanding safety issues and using sound judgement, as well as gaining technical experience.
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.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Giggleswick encourages participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Following the Giggleswick OP certificate which covers the expedition element of the Bronze award, pupils can opt to either complete the Bronze award or go directly onto Silver and then Gold.
There are many different and valuable aspects of the Award: service to the school and local community, learning a wide variety of physical skills, undertaking an overnight expedition, as well as gaining an extra qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers.