Outdoor Education

The aim of outdoor education at Breckenbrough is to provide our pupils with the skills for life

Find more information on local sites and venues which are regularly visited by Breckenbrough as part of Outdoor Education.

Outdoor Education

Breckenbrough has a long and valued tradition of Outdoor Education. This has been developed and evolved into an integrated and varied programme in its widest sense, and has become an important element of our formal curriculum.

Full participation is encouraged but we often adopt a ‘challenge by choice’ approach, with each boy being able to extend their abilities in their own timescales. The activities that are offered are fully differentiated, allowing each pupil to achieve.

The aim of outdoor education at Breckenbrough is to provide our pupils with the skills for life. We use outdoor activities and learning outside the classroom to challenge the boys and provide new experiences. The activities are used as a vehicle to promote collaboration through shared experiences and teamwork, enabling pupils to be reflective of their experiences and celebrate their achievements.

Great views

Learning outside the classroom promotes pupils to make connections in learning by bringing learning to life in a safe and nurturing environment. It teaches pupils to be resilient and promotes strategies in self-managing their behaviour.

Through shared experiences, pupils gain self-esteem and develop confidence, which they can take back into the classroom, encouraging problem solving both independently and through collaboration.


We are ideally located between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, which offers a great natural environment for a variety of activities. These include;

  • Mountain biking,
  • Indoor and outdoor rock climbing,
  • Surfing,
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Navigation
  • Cross-curricular trips, which include museums and visitor attractions.

Each year the pupils take part in residential trips both in the UK and abroad. These trips celebrate the skills and achievements of the boys and promote independent living skills. Recent residential trips have included:-

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  • Mountain biking in Scotland
  • Climbing in North Wales and the Lake District


Some pupils have recently set themselves a fundraising challenge to raise money for new school sports facilities and to support national charities. To raise the money needed, they embarked on walking the National three peaks; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. This was completed over three weekends and proved to be a great success.

SailingLeap of faith

Ofsted praised the Outdoor Education programme for reflecting the school ethos and putting it into practise.

All activities are delivered by staff holding the relevant NGB qualifications and with the experience to organise and run them. Although we do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Young Persons Act, our procedures are in line with those given for the licensing of activities.

Outdoor Education timetable

All Activities will require you to bring a ruck sack with a full change of clothes, towel and appropriate footwear. Feel free to ask the Outdoor Education team any questions you may have regarding the activities or clothing.

The timetable is only a guide and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as the weather.



Week commencing


Year 9



Year 8




Year 10


 Year 7

 12/04/21 Staff training MTB – Wetherby MTB – Sowerby/Sutton Bank



Coastal study



7a MTBing (DS/AS)

7b Brimham (BC/BH/KMF)


19/04/21 Caving Caving Brimham Caving

7a Brimham

7b Mountain Biking

26/04/21 Brimham Brimham  Canoeing Mountain Biking

7a Canoeing

7b Howstean Gorge



Mountain Bike



Mountain Biking  Howstean Gorge  Canoeing

7a Manchester Cave

7b Canoeing

10/05/21 Canoeing Climbing Mountain Biking Caving

7a Canoeing

7b Mountain Biking

17/05/2021 Howstean Gorge Mountain biking Trollers Gill

Ilkley Climb


7a Mountain Biking

7b Manchester Cave

24/05/2021 Mountain Bike Surfing Canoeing Surfing

7a Cave

7b Mountain Biking