Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education


Our bespoke Outdoor Education courses are designed to nurture pupils’ holistic development whilst providing a rich, practical/theory-based curriculum centred on the ‘great outdoors’. It is designed to improve teamwork, communication, independent risk-taking, SEMH skills and many more – all of which has the potential to compliment the wider curriculum at Kingsmead.

The courses include, but are not limited to; safe and effective use of edged tools and fire-lighting, treatment of water, purposeful shelter building, useful knots and cordage, tree identification and more. The nature in which evidence is gathered is multi-faceted; this includes photographs, observations, written activities, safety check documents and guided reflection.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness?


Recommended Session Attendance

*Year 9 – Half day only

Years 10 -11 – Half day only

Year 11 – Full day or two half days





NCFE Customised Qualification, Level 1 Award in Survival, Bushcraft and Wilderness Ways*

*Our qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor.

NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification

*Year 9 – enrichment (may be able to undertake aspects of the qualifications)


Venue Address

Darley Barn, Poplar Row, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DU


Post 16 destinations/careers:

Woodland/Forest School Leader

Outdoor Education/Expedition Leader

Outdoor Centre Manager

Climbing Instructor

There are full-time, part-time, voluntary and self-employment opportunities for people of all ages. Working in Outdoor Learning provides information on opportunities available