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Pate's is committed to providing a breadth of curriculum and experiences, and therefore unusually for a state school runs a thriving Outdoor Education Department (OED), staffed full time by a number of experts in this field.
The aims of our Outdoor Education Department are to:
Teach the overcoming of adversity
Enhance personal and social development
Develop in students a deeper relationship with nature and a greater understanding of natural environments
Teach outdoor survival skills
Improve problem solving skill and teamwork
Develop leadership skills
Pupils across all year groups benefit from this on-site expertise. In Key Stage 3, pupils will experience a range of activities as part of induction, the Tuesday afternoon enrichment programme and also our annual Activities Fortnight - including archery, bushcraft, command tasks, climbing, shooting and orienteering. There is an annual Year 8 Camp and Year 9 Students also all complete a First Aid qualification. Students have access to an onsite climbing wall and shooting range.
In addition to the above, OED runs a thriving extra-curricular programme. Climbing club and shooting club run throughout the year, and we have had considerable success in this areas - our shooting team have been national champions on several occasions. Many students chose to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the school runs a popular and highly successful Combined Cadet Force (CCF) on Fridays after school, offering our students a range of invaluable experiences and leadership opportunities.
"The CCF at Pate's provides me with un-rivalled opportunities to develop my leadership skills, the responsibility is real and I am exceptionally proud of the section I lead. I have learnt so many 'life skills' along the way." (Year 13 Pupil)