The Outdoor Education department

Lady Lumley’s School has a thriving  and award winning Outdoor Education ethos and department. Outdoor Education and Activities are led by David Mann and supported by a dedicated team of staff who volunteer a great deal of time to support students in Outdoor Education.

The school benefits from a great deal of specialist equipment which both enhance and allow further development of Outdoor Learning at school. This specialist equipment includes:

  • A dedicated outdoor education centre situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors available for all students to use
  • 2 climbing walls with associated equipment
  • A fleet of Kayaks
  • A fleet of Open Canoes
  • Watersports safety equipment
  • A fleet of Trek Mountain Bikes
  • A comprehensive selection of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award equipment (Tents, Bags, Stoves etc…)
  • Orienteering equipment

This equipment is checked and maintained in accordance with National Governing Body guidelines to ensure maximum safety.

We are fortunate to have very experienced and qualified members of staff at the school. These qualfications include:

  • Summer Mountain Leader Award
  • Climbing instructor
  • Walking Group Leaders Award
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • Kayak and Canoe coach
  • Whitewater kayak coach
  • Mountain bike instructor

Award winning LOtC

The provision of Outdoor Education at the school is without a doubt excellent and this was recently rewarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.  The school won the award for innovation in LOtC in secondary schools. More details can be found here:










Outdoor Education: The journey from year 7 - 13



Curriculum activity


Key Skills



Whole School sponsored walk

Outdoor Education curriculum day (Summer Term)

Climbing club

Mountain Bike club

Canoe/Kayak club


Physiological and technical development

Teamwork skills


As Year 7 +

Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Residential

as Year 7



Further physiological and technical development

Development of social and communication skills

Introduction to expedition skills at Bewerley


As Year 7

+ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training day

as Year 7 +

Expedition Training for year 9

Overseas expedition

Optimising physiological and technical skills

Development of expedition and journeying skills

Transferable skills for learning inside the classroom.

Development of self-reliance in the outdoors.


As Year 7

As year 9+

All students are offered the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award available for Year 11 students.


Sixth Form

As Year 7 +

6th Form induction sessions include initiative exercises and problem solving

Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offered as part of Sixth Form enrichment

As Year 7+

3 Peaks of Britain Charity Challenge

World Challenge expedition

Completing high level expeditions and journeys.

Self-reliant, independent students.