It’s all about the great outdoors - King’s Ely students in great form as they undertake a series of Easter hikes
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King’s Ely students reached new heights during an action-packed Easter break.
Several expeditions were organised through the Ely Scheme, offering boundless opportunities for pupils to explore and learn through outdoor education.
Year 9 students travelled to Derbyshire to practise their Level 1 hill walking and navigation skills, and a team of Year 11 students were also trekking in Derbyshire for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh assessment.
A group of Year 10 students descended in Dartmoor to practise their Level 2 hill walking and navigation skills, and Year 12 students were also in Dartmoor for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice.
The Ely Scheme aims to build important life skills that cannot always be taught in the classroom. While most independent schools have an outdoor pursuits programme, the Ely Scheme is both unique and central to the whole King’s Ely experience, as young people are given tangible opportunities to push themselves to achieve beyond anything they ever thought possible.
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The aim is to develop each individual student through outdoor education and adventurous activity, concentrating on eight major elements: personal skills; self-confidence; teamwork; leadership skills; social and environmental awareness; problem solving; ability to cope with difficult situations and healthy respect for nature and the outdoors.
Director of Outdoor Education at King’s Ely, Sophie Cheng, commented: “At King’s Ely, we teach a progressive programme of outdoor education, beginning with a year of activities and camps in Year 9.
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“The programme focuses on delivering technical skills and knowledge within mountaineering, rock climbing and kayaking at a pace suitable for each individual. In Year 11, the students have the opportunity to become instructors themselves, becoming inspiration role models for those starting the scheme in Year 9.
“As all of our expeditions and trips are facilitated in-house, we can provide consistent, long-term training and development for our pupils, as our team of staff and instructors know each member’s strengths and abilities prior to undertaking any of our expeditions.”