At Box Hill School we seek to combine the philosophy of Kurt Hahn’s outward bound emphasis of Education with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Round Square Adventure.

The programme of expeditions, at Key Stage 3, seeks to encourage students to progressively step out of their comfort zone, staying away from home, exploring new activities, team building, and learning and preparing for the challenges of physical exertion culminating in the bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s experience for the whole of year 9.

Year 7

In year 7 students go on a residential week to the New Forest, staying in a lodge but with the opportunity to do some camping for all or part of the week.  Activities vary from mountain biking to team building activities such as raft building.  Students are encouraged to take part and are fully supported by a team of school staff throughout the week.  Year 7 finish off the Summer term with a similar week of different challenging activities but this time camp for all of the time.


Year 8

In year 8 students undertake some team building days, involving outdoor activities such as navigation, camp craft skills and hiking and then spend the last week of term learning a new water based skill at Aquasports at Mercers Park, Redhill.  There is also the opportunity for year 8s to go on an optional residential camping weekend in the Spring term.


Year 9

Year 9 is geared towards students achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Students are trained throughout the year in all of the skills necessary to complete a 2-day backpacking expedition in the nearby area.  The training schedule involves such topics as camp craft, tent pitching, first aid and emergency procedures, navigation and route planning and how to pack a large ruck sack!  As well as a training day students complete a practice expedition as well as a qualifying expedition, each involving 2 days walking and a night’s camping where they are fully sufficient, carrying all of their own equipment and cooking for themselves in teams.  Year 9 also have a team building away day in the Spring term.


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to take part in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as the Round Square Adventure Race which takes place in May each year.  The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award involves a 3-day practice and a 3-day qualifying expedition which are both mentally and physically more demanding than the bronze expedition.  Finally, in the sixth form, students are given the opportunity to achieve the highest Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award.  Students undertake their expeditions in a variety of places at this level including Brecon Beacons and the Lake district and occasionally further afield as well as completing the volunteering, skill, physical and residential sections of the award over an 18-month period.  The Gold award is a huge achievement, showing that students have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed.  It is highly regarded by Universities and employers alike and students have the opportunity to be presented with their award at one of the Royal Palaces.