Outdoor Learning


Learning through first hand experience is, without doubt, an essential part of children’s education. Teachers not only plan excursions to Rettendon Village and the surrounding area, but also seek out places of interest further afield that will enhance the activities being carried out in the classroom.



Challenger Troop


Challenger Troop is a unique leadership, teambuilding and engagement programme building character and resilience in young people from the ages of 7 to 18, providing them with lasting, positive aspirations for the future.


The Department for Education fully support and partially fund the programme that aims to develop resilience in young children. All trainers and leaders are qualified and background checked.


Some children are naturally resilient and others need to be taught it. Those that have it do better in school and later life because they can bounce back from failure with a positive attitude and are able to ‘re-frame’ the problem or challenge and approach it again with vigour and determination.


Challenger Troop has a proven impact on attendance, behaviour and other factors affecting learning which has led to increased levels of educational attainment in school and improved life chances beyond. The programmes not only compliment the national curriculum but also offer the opportunity for pupils to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership whilst making friends and gaining valuable life skills prior to the students’ transition to secondary school.