Here at St Martins, our Outdoor Education programme facilitates alternative learning platforms, and gives depth to our Schools curriculum. Complementing all other subjects, it plays a fundamental part in supporting a student’s physical, personal and social education.

Many students find Outdoor Education an easier way to express themselves and manage their emotions, transferring these positive experiences back into the classroom environment. Giving them confidence and self-awareness is just as important as being able to read and write and we at St Martins acknowledge the need for a holistic approach with education.

We aim to support a student’s individual needs whilst teaching them about integration and having a good level of social understanding. Progress in skills and personal development is closely tracked through our bespoke assessment criteria.

The students access a wide range of activities such as canoeing, climbing, hill walking, grass sledging, gorge walking, survival skills, den building, team games and more. These activities support self-esteem, confidence, and motivation which improve team skills, communication and social awareness.

We will always strive to inspire our students and support them on their journeys through school.

“Pupils make outstanding progress in a range of subjects, including art, physical education and the outdoor-learning programme. Through developing skills in these subjects, pupils also gain life skills, such as teamwork, cooperation and the value of exercise.”

– Ofsted 2017

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

What is the DofE?

A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a DofE Award. Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To achieve each one participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning and training.