Spreading their wings
In the Senior School and Sixth Form, our Outdoor Education programme builds the skills of those taking part and the number of options on offer as they progress through the School.
Begining in Year 7, the LFA (Learning, Friendships and Adventure) activity uses the low ropes course and other resources at Failand to explore and develop team roles, with emphasis on applying these skills in day-to-day life. Your child will also have the opportunity to go away on an overnight Year 7 camp, giving them the chance to get to know their new classmates, as well as trying their hand at orienteering, lighting fires and tackling an assault course.
Canoeing, rock climbing and first aid are all offered in Year 8, while in Year 9 your son or daughter can choose to go on an overseas expedition. Around two-thirds of the year group opt to go on this trip, which also involves evening and weekend training sessions in preparation.
In Year 10 your child will take part in a Year 10 camp. This teaches campcraft, navigation, independent travel and cookery skills, and can be used as practice for the Duke of Edinburgh award. BGS is one of the largest centres for DofE in the southwest; around ninety per cent of our students take part in the Bronze award.
In the Sixth Form, large numbers continue to the Gold DofE award, and expeditions take place not just on foot but also by bicycle, kayak and canoe. There is also an outdoor education option on the Games rota in Years 10 and 11, which has included kayaking, climbing, cycling, orienteering and low ropes.