Cokethorpe School: from molehills to mountains
"The children in Year 6 complete a bushcraft expedition in the challenging landscape of Snowdonia"
Set in over 150 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire parkland, Cokethorpe School has an abundance of space for outdoor learning and activities
A climbing wall, clay pigeon shooting range and nearby boathouse for kayaking add to the breadth of outdoor experiences on offer. Yet the idyllic grounds provide more than just a pretty backdrop. Taking education beyond the classroom is something that runs through the heart of the whole School and encouraging pupils to respect, explore and enjoy the great outdoors is something that Cokethorpe School proudly supports from a young age.
The youngest Junior School children eagerly take part in the Pre-Prep Adventurers’ programme that uses an area of the School’s own woodland, specifically developed for outdoor learning. The Adventurers’ programme allows the children to take risks and explore the outdoors by completing exciting activities that are directly related to the topic based curriculum.
The children in Year 6 complete a bushcraft expedition in the challenging landscape of Snowdonia. They are taught survival skills including navigation techniques, expedition planning, mountain first aid and bushcraft. Their teamwork skills and personal development are pushed literally to the edge with rock climbing and abseiling before their endurance and resilience is tested with an exhausting climb to the top of Mount Snowdon.
In the Senior School, students are encouraged to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in which outdoor activities play a significant role
Previous expeditions have included demanding treks on Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons. Participation in the Gold Award is also offered to Sixth Form students and many find the challenge not only rewarding but also a great support to university applications and future careers.
The skills, confidence and sense of adventure the pupils develop during their time at Cokethorpe School are attributes that will stay with them throughout their lives.
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