We believe that challenging activities in the outdoors are beneficial to wellbeing, and that by experiencing them, pupils learn a great deal about themselves and others, developing individual and team skills. Every pupil is therefore offered an opportunity to experience the outdoors with planned activities from Year 7 through to Year 13.
We have several National Parks nearby, providing mile upon mile of stunning and varied outdoor space. We have 450 miles of coastline on our doorstep, and other spectacular outdoor pursuit locations a short drive away, including Exmoor and the Brecon Beacons. Pupils can Hike, Surf, Shoot, Sail, Kayak, Canoe, Climb, Mountain Bike, Cycle, BMX and Scuba Dive, just to name a few.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, further opportunities are available, including the Ten Tors challenge. This is an annual event where pupils dents from across the country hike 35, 45 or 55 miles across Dartmoor over two days. Many pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold; our Gold students having the opportunity to attend an International Expedition. Blundell’s School currently has one of the highest success rates for DofE in the South West.
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) aims to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and a sense of service to the community. Activities include drill, teambuilding, shooting, fieldcraft and first aid. Up to 40% of a cadet’s time is spent on adventurous training activities. By joining the CCF cadets also can join in with volunteer and charitable work in the community and gain nationally recognised qualifications such as the BTEC Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community.