Outdoor Education

Head of Outdoor Education: Mr M Horton

Department Introduction

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities is situated at the community entrance to the fitness suite and directly opposite the indoor climbing facility. OAA within Herne Bay High School boasts one of the best-equipped schools in the country for adventurous activities.

Equipment includes onsite-climbing facility consisting of several walls of varying degrees of climb difficulty; the latest installation includes lead climbing and placement of equipment. There are two fleets of open canoes and fully equipped trailer of Kayaks. We are also fortunate to have a fully equipped road trailer consisting of 20 mountain bikes and BMX bikes.

To back all these fantastic facilities up we have a professionally qualified team of instructors holding the national governing body awards.

The school is affiliated to the British Canoe Union, the British Mountaineering Council and British Cycling. In addition to these affiliations, the school also delivers OAA through Heron Outdoor Pursuits (HoPS) to the community.


At Key stage 3 as part of a student Physical Education programme they will receive a course of OAA consisting of:

  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Initiative exercises

At Key stage 4 as part of a students core Physical Education programme OAA is delivered in unfamiliar environments focusing on Mountain Biking, Canoeing and Climbing.

At Key Stage 4, we offer students the Asdan CoPE award which has an OAA focus.

Click here for information on Asdan CoPE

NGB awards are also issued throughout the duration of the course. The end product for the participant is a portfolio detailing the activities experienced and containing any awards achieved.

At Key stage 5 OAA is implemented into the 6th form enrichment programme.

Year 12 students have an opportunity to take the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award, if students wish to continue the course into year 13 they have the opportunity to undertake the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award. These courses consist of four different units:

  • Voluntary
  • Skills
  • Service
  • Expedition

Click here for information on Duke of Edinburgh Award


After School Clubs

  • Tuesdays @ 15:15 to 16:30 Young Climbers Club
  • Tuesdays @ 15:15 to 18:30 OAA Extra Curriculum Club (seasonal – April to October)
  • Wednesdays @ 15:15 to 16:30 Extra Curriculum Climbing Club

Pupils that attend Extra Curriculum Climbing Clubs have the opportunity to compete in the Kent Schools Climbing League and take part in residentials that occur throughout the year. This League is an inter-school competition between Kent schools with climbing facilities. The school also hosts a weekly intra-school climbing competition where pupils compete against one another on a termly basis.

Interested pupils can also register to undertake NICAS levels 1 & 2 which are nationally recognised climbing awards.

Community Clubs

  • Wednesdays @ 18:30 to 20:30 Adult only Climbing Club (HoPS - £3 per session)

Community bookings are accepted upon request and we deliver annual climbing sessions to numerous local primary schools and cubs/scouts groups.