In recent years the programme for Outdoor Pursuits has become a special strength of the school. Boys at QEH love to be active and regularly take part in Outdoor Pursuits. QEH encourages wider participation from boys who would not normally consider themselves to be ‘sporty’ in the conventional sense.
In addition to Senior boys participating in the annual Ten Tors event, over 150 boys are involved in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with six weekends a year dedicated to Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions. ‘The QE Award’, our own variant of the scheme, is extended to boys in the lower part of the Senior School and in Years 5 and 6 of the Junior School .
A variety of activities is on offer during term-time, added to which there are many trips abroad in the holidays. Recently groups have climbed high in the Matterhorn region, achieved Base Camp on Everest and tested their physical and mental endurance in adventurous activities in Slovenia.
The safety of the boys is paramount. We are very fortunate in having a strong team of highly experienced staff with advanced Mountain Leader and first aid qualifications to accompany boys in their outdoor activities.
Boys’ success in such activities builds confidence and encourages them to feel good about themselves. It comes as no surprise that boys’ fuller engagement in wider school life adds to their performance in the classroom.