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Outdoor learning and adventurous activity play an important part in developing pupils’ resilience, independence and leadership skills. At Bolton School, pupils are given the chance to enjoy and explore the great outdoors along with the opportunity to take risks in a supportive and secure environment.
The School has its own Outdoor Learning Centre, Patterdale Hall, where pupils can take part in a challenging programme of outdoor pursuits activities. Multi-activity visits supervised by Patterdale’s staff of qualified instructors allow boys and girls to exceed their own expectations, develop their ability to work as part of a team and enhance a host of other transferrable skills, all while enjoying the Lake District landscape.
There is also the option for Year 8 pupils to sail the Irish Sea aboard ‘Tenacity of Bolton’, the Millennium ketch built by Boys’ Division pupils. These voyages provide pupils with a unique residential opportunity.
A high number of Bolton School pupils get involved with Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards each year and thoroughly enjoy completing the varied challenges required to achieve their Awards.
During school hours, a range of outdoor pursuits opportunities are available. Lunchtime clubs offer the chance to practise climbing and bouldering on the School’s indoor climbing wall or improve kayaking techniques in the swimming pool. Clubs also allow pupils to get involved with skiing and snowboarding at Chill Factore, and numerous kayaking, bouldering and fell walking trips are organised in the local area.
Keep up to date with all the School's Outdoor Pursuits activites on Twitter @Boltonoutdoor.