Outdoor Education

Our students’ learning experience is enhanced by an extensive range of outdoor education opportunities on offer to them throughout their time at Denbigh.

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

We are a licensing centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, and we are committed to support every student who wishes to take part in this popular national award scheme.  The programme, which has been around for 60 years, is still as relevant to young people today as it has always been.  The programme sets young people a series of personal challenges aimed at making them more confident and resilient as individuals and develop their team working and leadership skills, all vital attributes for their future.  Participation in the programme is highly valued by employers and universities.
Students can work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold levels throughout their time at Denbigh.  Currently over 300 Denbigh students are involved in the scheme and we run an extensive programme of trips.  We were recognised for our commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme as part of the Scheme’s Diamond Anniversary Celebrations.   Students can start their Bronze Award in Year 9, when the scheme is launched in an assembly followed by a parents’ information evening.  They can then progress onto their Silver Award in Year 10.  Students have to be 16 to start the Gold Award and therefore this is offered as part of our extensive Sixth Form enrichment programme. 
Find out more about the Scheme on The Duke of Edinburgh Awards website.

World Challenge

Our Sixth Form students have the opportunity to take part in a World Challenge expedition during their time with us.  Since we started to offer World Challenge trips our students have visited Malaysia , India, Peru, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstyan, Mongolia and China.  We are currently planning our next trip to Swaziland and Mozambique in the summer of 2020.  World Challenge is an established and well-respected schools expedition company whose aim is to take students out of their comfort zones and expand their minds outside the classroom.  Their expeditions are all planned with the students’ personal development and safety in mind and the participants are fully involved in planning and fundraising their trip of a lifetime.  The life skills they learn on these expeditions aid personal growth and help secure university places and impress future employers.
Find out more on the World Challenge website.

Other Opportunities

During our annual Activity Days Programme students can opt to take part in outward bound activities such as canoeing, climbing, sailing, wakeboarding and cycling. 




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