Outdoor Education is an important part of the curriculum, for it is inclusive, builds confidence and encourages supervised and sensible risk taking. At The Old School Henstead we are committed to the learning opportunities that are to be found outside the classroom – as varied and challenging as those enjoyed indoors. Our learning trail, dedicated nursery playground, trim trail, pond area and kitchen garden exemplify our commitment to ensuring that outdoor education facilities at The Old School Henstead are first rate.Our broad range of outdoor education excursions support the range of educational experiences on offer. The whole school takes part in the Big Day Out – past trips have taken us to Cambridge and to the Capital. In the summer, Reception, Year One, Year Two and Year Three have outdoor days at Ringsfield Hall. Activities such as Forest School, Earth Trek, Shipwrecked, Bushcraft and Survival will have something for everyone. Year Four tackles the orienteering and coastal treasure hunt with a nautical theme, staying overnight at the Warden’s Trust Centre. Year Five heads for the North Norfolk Coast, with a multi-activity two night stay at West Runton. For Year Six, the Leavers trip centres on Wales, with the programme geared to providing our boys and girls with the skills they will need to move on to Senior School.
It is also important that, as a school, we act together to help others and develop our own resources. We completed The Henstead Hundred in July, a cycle challenge for parents of some 100 miles (just over) in support of our building fund. For two consecutive years the children tackled the Henstead Hike, a challenging coastal walk, in aid of Walking with the Wounded. Last year the Henstead Hike was in aid of CLIC Sargent and in 2016 in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance.