A whole range of opportunities
All year groups in the Preparatory School participate in at least two trips away from school per year. Pupils from Year 2 and above also participate in residential trips where they are led by trained instructors in age-appropriate ‘adventure activities’.
Our Research Based Learning Curriculum is ideal for bringing lessons to life outside of the classroom. We’re passionate about creating amazing experiences for our pupils. Regular school trips whether in the UK or overseas help pupils to develop a range of highly valuable life skills. These skills are accelerated by external influences around them and in some cases exposure to new cultures, challenges and unfamiliar surroundings. School trips can also offer a great opportunity to push children right out of their comfort zones, which helps to nurture independence and boost self-confidence as they learn to adapt and appreciate differing environments.
Recently, trips have ranged from woodland walks for our Early Years Foundation Stage, to Geography trips to Snowdonia, History trips to Auschwitz and Sixth Form visits to Peru with Camps International. Sixth Form overseas expeditions take place every two years to a wilderness area where they can gain leadership training experience and get a wider view of the world with an emphasis on the problems of developing nations.
In addition, there are many co-curricular opportunities. Sport, Drama and Music tours offer pupils the chance to stretch themselves, gain an insight into other cultures and learn new skills.
An adventurous Senior School ski trip provides a more fun, relaxed trip to improve language skills and learn about other cultures.
Our thriving clubs and activities program gives pupils the opportunity to further their interests or to discover completely new ones. One day it might be Judo, or Speech and Drama or an Indian dance lesson, later in the week that same child might try something new in our Outdoor Learning club or discover a passion for Archaeology or Gardening. There are Choirs, Ensembles, Big Band, Amesbury Performance Ensemble, chess, Mandarin, photography, lace making, World Cinema and lot, lots more.
Stover School also operates an extensive extra-curricular programme of outdoor pursuits. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and activity weekends enable Senior School pupils to experience activities such as caving, abseiling and trekking. The ability to take on challenges, work as part of a team and to take responsibility are key objectives of this aspect of education at Stover. One of the main events is the Ten Tors competition (when up to 45 miles are walked over Dartmoor in two days), for which pupils prepare and train for many months. Activities also include LAMDA Drama classes, HIGH5 Sports and Activities and even educational trips abroad.