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The Great Outdoors at Wycliffe

Involvement in outdoor activities gives an individual a sense of fulfilment and supports the health of their mind body and soul. Pupils learn the all-important skills of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and service which we believe will stay with them for life.

Combined Cadet Force

The Wycliffe Combined Cadet Force is a voluntary organisation for pupils aged between 13 and 18. It provides young people the chance to exercise responsibility and leadership in a disciplined and controlled environment. Cadets take part in a variety of activities within the school’s campus or on extensive common land nearby – here cadets learn cooking, camping and navigational techniques and develop their team building and instructional skills.

More adventurous training takes place away from the school; cadets are offered the challenges of the Ten Tors event, the Devizes to Warminster canoe marathon, alpine climbing in Austria and Nordic skiing expeditions.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenging scheme that gives pupils in Years 9 to 13 the chance to develop critical life skills and broaden their experience. The award is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels – pupils who achieve Gold visit Buckingham Palace to receive their Award.

The Award involves four sections:

  • Volunteering section
  • Physical section
  • Skills section
  • Expedition section
  • Residential section – Gold only

The Expeditions are run by School (often in the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean or Brecon Beacons), and staff work with pupils in deciding what to do for the other three sections.