From making the most of our mature grounds, learning to support and protect our environment or challenging ourselves in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award or World Challenge, we put great emphasis on the role of outdoor education at Clifton High.
Our beautiful grounds are an important extension of our classrooms and all of our children and pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form spend time outdoors learning from the natural world around them. The school site is home to mature trees and shrubs, a wildlife pond, eco-garden and wildflower meadow; we also keep our own bees. Throughout the school our Eco Club and Eco Committee are popular with pupils who take ownership of environmental issues and have worked hard to secure both the Eco Schools Silver Award and the Green Flag Award, the highest accolade the scheme offers.
Children from Nursery to Year 2 are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the outdoors. Children in Nursery - Year 2 attend Forest School every half term. Forest School covers all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, allowing children to explore nature and develop their confidence, whilst learning at the same time.
Junior School and Year 7 pupils are all encouraged to take part in outdoor pursuit activities. For Junior School pupils this is a two or three night stay at a residential centre; for Year 7 this takes the form of a two day bonding trip in the Forest of Dean. Children have the opportunity to face up to new challenges, try new things and generally have a lot of fun!
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offers young people the opportunity to develop a variety of skills and fulfil their potential in a different way. The Bronze and Gold Awards are offered at Clifton High, both of which are highly regarded by universities; each involves a challenging outdoor expedition providing an opportunity to develop team building and leadership potential. The majority of our Year 9 and 10 pupils complete their Bronze Award and a group of our Sixth Form students also manage to complete their Gold award before leaving Year 13 which is an outstanding achievement.
Life is a journey and for many pupils participation in a World Challenge expedition will represent a significant step on that journey. Pupils who join an expedition will embark on an amazing trip of self-discovery. The life skills they learn will not only aid personal development, but may help to secure university places or impress a future employer. Participants build strong friendships, gain confidence and gain global awareness - all whilst having the time of their lives. World Challenge expeditions are offered to Year 8 and 9 pupils and Year 11 and 12 pupils in alternate years.