We are not, as one parent observed recently, preparing the children to survive in a post apocalyptic era, but we are doing all we can to ensure that our pupils push themselves to the limit, discover where their own boundaries are and learn the kind of quiet confidence and self assurance which one tends to associate with those who are successful and well-educated.
We don’t know what the future holds, but we can be sure that over the next 30 or 40 years, our children will find themselves in situations of adversity, beyond our current comprehension, in which they will have to rely on their own resources and ingenuity. We hope that Hazlegrove pupils leave us as well equipped as they can be to take on whatever challenges life may bring.
Outdoor Education is part of the curriculum for pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5. Older pupils enjoy residential trips which build on the skills they have learnt and pupils in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Exmoor Challenge.
In recent years, the children have taken part in the following activities:
Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 all camp out in the school grounds
Year 5 pupils have had a week at Naturesbase in Wales
Year 7 pupils have had a week away at the River Dart
Year 8 pupils have had a leavers’ trip to an outdoor activity centre in Cornwall
In Years 7 and 8, pupils can choose to put some of these skills to the test by electing to take part in the Exmoor Challenge which takes place on the Saturday of the first May Bank Holiday weekend each year. The children are put together in teams of 4 and have to follow a 16 mile prescribed (but not marked) route across Exmoor, arriving at checkpoints at specified times and answering questions along the way.
Hazlegrove pupils have had tremendous success in the Junior sections of this competition in recent years achieving results including:
2016: Winners in the Junior Girls and 3rd in both the Junior Boys and the Junior Mixed
2015: Winners in the Junior Mixed Section and runners up in the Junior Boys Section
2014: Runners up and 3rd in the Junior Mixed Section