We are keen to ensure that by the time our pupils leave us, they have learnt to take responsibility for themselves and others, and to meet challenges head on. Expeditions help us to develop these skills in our pupils, and are an integral part of the curriculum in the first three years at Box Hill School. 

Expeditions are organised by year group and take place in September and the last week of school in June. All pupils in Year 7, 7 and 9 are involved in a minimum of two expeditions per year. There is a strong focus on outdoor activities and pupils will camp outdoors whenever possible and be taught how to survive with only the bare essentials.  The vast majority of pupils come back with renewed confidence and equipped with the mental resilience to tackle some of the problems that they face in everyday life.

During the school week, outdoor education is part of our activity programme. It is also available to pupils who take part in archery, air rifle shooting, rock climbing and use our high ropes course.

Year 7

In September, pupils enjoy an expedition to the New Forest, where they take part in mountain biking, rock climbing and other adventurous activities.  In the summer they are taken to the Brecon Beacons in Wales where they can experience caving, gorge walking and camping.


Year 8

The September expedition is spent at Mercer’s Park Lake, Redhill, experiencing a variety of water sports, with the aim of completing a water based qualification in their chosen activity.  Pupils travel from school each day by minibus. The summer camping expedition takes pupils to the Wye Valley where they can try out rock climbing, caving and learn some navigation skills.


Year 9

All year 9 pupils are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and part of their expeditions is spent on both training and the completion of the expedition section of the award.  Pupils attend a D of E session once a week in school where they are taught all the necessary skills to complete their bronze expedition which involves an overnight camp and hike of 2 days duration.  Pupils hike in groups of between 4 and 7 pupils with staff meeting up with them at check points during the day. Staff oversee the camping in the evenings.  The practice expedition usually takes place in Dorset in September and the final expedition takes place in the New Forest in the summer term.


Pupils who wish to carry on with the Duke of Edinburgh’s award beyond bronze level to Silver and Gold can do so in later years.



Expeditions abroad have included adventure activities in Austria and France and further afield, including white water rafting in South Africa. Older students have spent time in the Indian Himalayas and have climbed a number of peaks above 6000m.