noun: adventure; plural noun: adventures
1. an unusual and exciting or daring experience.

What we do

ACE; or the Adventure Centre for Education is the school’s outdoor education programme.
Working alongside guidelines for learning outside the classroom and the Institute for Outdoor learning the ACE team work theraputically with the students to encourage positive growth in their social, emotional and mental health wellbeing. The purpose of the work ACE do is more than just fun and games, (they are a by-product), ACE chooses activities and tasks that develop and challenge the young people at Bowden House School.

ACE looks to:

  • develop confidence,
  • develop resilience
  • develop environmental awareness
  • create a passion for learning
  • promote personal wellbeing
  • enhance life skills

How do we do this?

The ACE team have a number of differing coaching qualifications which allows them to do a large range of activities and sports; some of which include; kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, bushcraft, archery, orienteering, rock climbing, navigation, mountain and hill walking, windsurfing and sailing and mountain biking.
The ACE team offer this by taking a range of students out on a mixture of half day and full day sessions the students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and environments they would not normally engage in.
The students have the option to attend sessions where they are given tasks and activities to develop different key areas of social and emotional health. All students get the opportunity to work with different peers in the school and their groups mix to allow them to socialise and work with other students they may not normally be working alongside.
ACE have two additional elements which focus’ the youngest KS3 and the oldest KS4 students.

The Year 7 and 8 cohort participate in the ACE Top 50, where the students aim to complete 50 tasks or activities before they reach the end of their journey to Year 8. (Photo of Top 50). This gives them an improved confidence in themselves and in attempting new things.
The Year 11 cohort are given the opportunity to complete their GCSE in Physical Education and ACE offer them the opportunity to use climbing as one of their sports to be assessed in.

From Year 9 the students are offered the opportunity to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh award which ACE assist with their expedition and navigation side of things.
Alongside the daily sessions and trips the students also receive the opportunity to go on residential camps run by the ACE team. These opportunities are often in wonderful and beautiful areas of the country and have included; the New Forest, North and South Wales and even the Lake District.

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