In recent years the programme for Outdoor Pursuits has become a special strength of the school.
Pupils at QEH love to be active and regularly take part in Outdoor Pursuits. QEH encourages wider participation from those who would not normally consider themselves to be ‘sporty’ in the conventional sense.
As well as participating in the annual Ten Tors Challenge, over 150 students 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 Corsica.
The safety of the students 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 students in their outdoor activities.
Students’ success in such activities builds confidence and encourages them to feel good about themselves. It comes as no surprise that their fuller engagement in wider school life adds to their performance in the classroom.