Day Courses for Schools during Covid-19

We are excited to now be able to offer day courses for schools.

We are currently running a range of day courses for schools which can be run within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines. These courses will provide the students with amazing, fun, safe, secure and educational experiences in the outdoors.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young people, missing out on friends, family, exercise, fun and the outdoors.

We are offering the young people exactly what they have missed out on over the last few months. Fun, education, social bonding and a chance to be kids again.

I don’t think I have laughed this much in months, its been so great to see my friends again.

Year 7 child – Skippers Hill School

Children can be amazingly resilient, we just need to offer them an safe and welcoming environment in which they can forget about the last 6 months, a chance to reset and move forward.

Fully risk assessed courses in line with government guidelines

The outdoors is the perfect place for a Covid-safe educational course. We have adapted our activities and we are now able to run most of activities in a COVID safe fashion whilst maintaining our normal safety standards with our experienced staff team.

Personalised approach to each school

Bowles understands that each school will have its own guidelines in place, we will work with your school to ensure that we match your requirements and needs as well as adhering to our own risk assessments.

What activities are on offer?

For a full list of what we are able to offer, please visit our Day Course Activities page. Here are a few examples of what we have on offer:

  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • High ropes courses
  • Low ropes courses
  • Leap of Faith
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Teambuilding/problem solving
  • Earth walks/ nature walks
  • Bushcraft
  • Bouldering
  • Mountain Biking

Single days or book a series of courses

As many schools are finding that sporting fixtures are now no longer able to run, a series of courses at Bowles is a great way to provide an alternative program. Discounts are available depending on the number of sessions booked.

How to book

Please contact or phone 01892 665 665.

GCSEand BTEC outdoor activities

GCSE PE and outdoor sports

With all the new changes that have come from both the Department for Education as well as the examination bodies it is tricky to understand what is actually required for assessments in GCSE rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing.

Below is what the new assessments actually mean and gives some guidance on what a high level performance looks like. Believe it or not some elements of the assessment have actually got easier! I hope that by reading this you will gain a better understanding of what the different examination bodies require and which of these can be done as a part of an intensive course at Bowles.

Bush craft activities for schools

Revision Camps and Study Weekends

Our study camps provide a perfect opportunity to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors during the run up the Year 6 SATs tests.

By spending 50% of the day engaged in adventurous activities with our instructors, children are inspired and energised to learn. Research has shown engaging in outdoor education can increase SATs grades in itself. Away from the classroom children’s behaviour is often improved, and our activities are designed to promote confidence, independence, responsibility, and most importantly team work, all of which will improve students’ ability to learn when back at school.

This is complimented by teacher-led lessons for the other half of the day. You can refer to the lesson ideas below to plan lessons that follow on from the adventurous activities that the children have loved, or plan your own lessons to target areas children need to work on in the run up to SATs, away from their traditional classroom environment. For the teacher led lessons we can provide classrooms with desks, white boards and projectors, or you can choose to take full advantage of our grounds and use our outdoor classroom surrounded by forest.

Year 6 is the perfect age to take advantage of all the benefits a study camp can offer. With SATS testing happening  in Spring a study camp leading into this period will have the lower prices that are available in this period. As Bowles will be providing instruction for all the sessions and then school staff running lessons in our indoor classrooms, the price is even further reduced.

Activities with an educational aspect.

We also have a range of lesson plans for our outdoor activities which have an educational aspect which can be used in conjunction with our own classroom work. We can run Bush-craft sessions that link to the Carbon Cycle, kayaking days that also include a river study, zip-wire sessions that  calculate speed, abseiling sessions that use basic trigonometry, climbing session that links to Mountains of the World and of course orienteering sessions that cover scales, distance and timing.

GCSE camps

We have worked with a number of secondary schools providing ‘study  weekends’ for GCSE. The students stay at Bowles and do activities with our instructors and this is mixed in with study sessions provided by teaching staff using our classroom facilities. We find the combination of outdoor activities and study/revision is very successful and achieves great results.