Venue Address

Darley Barn, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DU

Why choose Outdoor Education with us?

Our bespoke courses are designed to nurture pupils’ holistic development whilst providing a rich, practical/theory-based curriculum centred on the ‘great outdoors’. The programmes are designed to improve facilitate numerous benefits including teamwork, communication, independent risk-taking, SEMH skills and many more – all of which has the potential to compliment the wider curriculum at the RESPECT collaboration of Schools.

Improved Physical Health:

Our courses encourage physical activity and allows students to access a wide variety of experiences to facilitate this. By participating in Outdoor Education, students can develop positive health-related habits and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Social and Emotional Development:

Opportunities for students to develop social skills and meaningful connections with their peers, staff and nature. Through teamwork, communication, and collaboration in outdoor activities, our students learn to work together, problem-solve, and support each other. This helps them develop empathy, teamwork skills and a sense of belonging – boosting their self-esteem and overall emotional well-being.

Environmental Awareness and Stewardship:

Outdoor Education fosters an understanding and appreciation for the natural environment. Students develop a sense of responsibility and become more conscious of the importance of sustainable practices and environmental conservation.

Personal Growth and Resilience:

Safely and respectfully pushing students out of their comfort zones and presenting challenges provide the opportunity to encourage personal growth and development. These experiences help students build self-confidence, develop a ‘growth mind-set’, learn to adapt and persevere in the face of adversity.

By incorporating Outdoor Education into students’ learning experiences, their overall development, academic achievements, lifelong appreciation for nature and the world around them will be greatly enhanced and developed.


  • Enrichment opportunities to support wider curriculum needs
  • Paddle awards: START, DISCOVER, EXPLORE
  • Mountain Bike awards: GEARS levels 1-6, Junior MTB assistant leader 14yrs +
  • National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze or Silver
  • Wild passport Level 2
  • Bushcraft Competency Award Level 2
  • D of E: Bronze and Silver

Venue Address

Darley Barn Outdoor Centre, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DU

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