Outdoor Learning, Enrichment & Residentials

We believe that every young person at Pitcheroak School should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. As a school we aim to offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities over a 4 year cycle. To view the current plan for additional opportunities for each Key Stage please click on the link. Please note that this may be subject to change throughout the academic year.

Teachers and learners at Pitcheroak value the additional opportunities for learning provided by a range of activities conducted outside the classroom. Pitcheroak School provides a variety of outdoor learning opportunities such as Forest School and horse riding. We also offer a wide range of residential opportunities such as Malvern Hills Outdoor Education Centre; Llanrug Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales and Blackwell Adventure where students can participate in a range of activities including orienteering, canoeing and climbing. Students also experience Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre on a regular basis, which can lead to achieving the RYA entry level award in sailing.

Future developments at Pitcheroak School include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for learners to be able to participate in outdoor activities following an accredited pathway.


Our Longer Term Plan for Residentials and Enrichment is available here

Forest School

The Forest Schools concept is based on the idea that taking children into the outdoors enables them to develop social, physical and educational skills that they might not learn in the conventional classroom. Students from Key Stages 1 to 3  experience the Forest School at Pitcheroak School all of whom have a wide variety of personal, academic and developmental needs.

When we work with students in Forest School we identify the skills we want them to develop and the activities that will help to foster them.  For all students the aims of the provision are:

  • Immersion in nature
  • Building shelters and other structures
  • Developing self esteem
  • Encouraging team-working skills
  • Familiarisation with basic tools and fire
  • Encouraging relationship building among their peers