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Outdoor Education

Taking risks within a safe environment is fundamental to success. 

 

At Queen Mary’s we understand that risk is fundamental to success. Rather than avoiding all challenges, you are taught to recognise, welcome and manage such situations and so learn to enjoy them safely through experiment and experience.

 

With the perfect rural location and our very own highly qualified Head of Adventure, there is a wide range of outdoor activities. The sheer joy – and trepidation – of girls trying something new brings an additional vitality and energy to school life. When it is too wet to make dens in the woods or garden, then girls can sometimes be found sliding down the staircase of the Great Hall on gym mats and mastering high ropes across the scaffolding poles. 

The Grounds

The spacious grounds adjoin the River Swale and a lake so canoeing and rafting expeditions are frequent pastimes along with clay pigeon shooting, woodland adventures, den building and use of the Queen Mary’s climbing wall. There are also woodland play areas, two hahas and an exciting WOLF Run. Many activities are offered as extra-curricular clubs.

Little Adventurers

All year groups get involved. Our Pre-Prep children enjoy Outdoor Education each week and experience their annual Secret Mission which has seen them sail up the river as mermaids and pirates.

Beyond the Grounds

With the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, the Lake District and the coast close by, overnight camps, climbing, potholing, orienteering, caving and other adventurous activities take place throughout the year.

Hettie's Story

Hettie, Year 10, loves adventure at Queen Mary’s.

“I love Queen Mary’s because it has everything I could have possibly wanted. It has Sports, Music, great friends of all ages, fun teachers that really help you excel in your subjects and the infamous friendly dogs. In our Outdoor Education lessons we do river swimming in the River Swale, canoeing, either in the river or the swimming pool and zip wiring. I especially enjoy the annual camps we go on with our year group. They give you a chance to bond with your friends over tent building and team building in the great outdoors.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

You may wish to complete your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award which is both fun and rewarding and opens doors to education and employment opportunities.

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