All sixth form students are offered the opportunity to take part in a 3-day residential course in the Lake District which is organised through the Outward Bound Trust – an outdoor learning charity that equips young people with social and emotional skills through learning and adventure in the wild.
Students stay at the Ullswater Outdoor Education Centre right in the heart some of the most stunning woodlands of Cumbria, on the north shore of the beautiful Ullswater Lake.
Participants take part in a range of activities. They can canoe or kayak on the lake, enjoy a stay in the mountain lodge as part of an expedition to climb Helvellyn – one of The Lake District’s highest peaks – abseil, rock-climb and take part in a number of team-building and leadership challenges.
To support young people to understand and develop the behaviours necessary to maximise the opportunities at school and in their wider community.
To change how young people think and feel about themselves and their lives by building their personal, social and emotional skills so they become more effective individuals, whether in education, life or work.
Increased awareness of own skills and abilities
Improved confidence and self-belief in own abilities
Improved ability to listen and communicate effectively with others
Increased awareness and concern for the natural environment
The Outward Bound Trust provides ongoing evaluation and research to be able to demonstrate that the courses offered have real impact on young people’s attitudes, skills and behaviours.
For further details – see Social Impact Report 2014.
“93% of teachers noted that their students had increased confidence, improved social well being and were more resilient and optimistic as a result of their Outward Bound programme.”
Outward Bound - Social Action Survey