Not all classrooms have four walls. Tiverton High School values the benefits that outdoor education brings to students’ development. Outdoor education allows students opportunities to experience success outside of a traditional curriculum.
Each year Tiverton High School runs a Year 7 Outdoor Education Programme. Every Year 7 student has the opportunity to take part in a two-day learning experience which involves canoeing on the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton and an adventure day on Dartmoor. This course is part of all student’s normal curriculum and there is no cost. Students take part throughout the year in small groups of twelve.
Alongside a comprehensive Ten Tors training programme, the Exmoor Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh Award, climbing clubs and trips to Dartmoor, Exmoor, North Wales, Brecon Beacons and the Lake District there is ample opportunity for students to get involved in outdoor education at Tiverton High School.
Through outdoor education students develop attitudes and attributes such as positive self-esteem, resilience and confidence and develop social skills such as the ability to lead and be an effective member of a team, trust and consideration for others. Students can then use these skills to overcome challenges that they face at school and in everyday life, such as striving for higher grades, developing positive student teacher relationships and gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the value of their local environment. Outdoor education makes students stronger, more resilient and more likely to achieve their full potential in life.