We have a long established reputation for the quality and variety of outdoor experiences provided for all ages. The school is built on a working farm and has safe access to 300 acres of private land for the delivery of a wide range of outdoor experiences, including woods, tracks, farm animals, fields, archaeological sites and a river. In the early days, the school was based at the farm and as a result we have always placed a strong emphasis on fresh air, good food, getting outdoors and being active to appreciate the countryside.
At Copthill we are still lucky enough to have the farm and facilities to make being outdoors a daily reality for our pupils. The school has its own school farm, with a variety of animals who are visited and looked by the pupils every day.
We believe in the positive benefits for all pupils in being outdoors. This permeates every aspect of school life at Copthill. Lead by experienced and enthusiastic staff from the EarlyYears Forest School, we educated our pupis in outdoor curriculum activities, sports, adventurous activities, camping and voluntary clubs. The emphasis is all about health, exercise, inspiration and engagement,
We aim to raise self esteem by challenging pupils to achieve success through a wide variety of outdoor opportunities. This is undertaken through regular outdoor learning sessions linked to the curriculum, as well as overnight camps in Years 4, 5, 6, residential trips and many outdoor activities. Through their achievements in the classroom, Upper School pupils can even earn an opportunity to cook their own lunch each week in the forest!
We are committed to providing pupils with a strong empathy and appreciation of their environment. Our staff have developed many successful environmental initiatives including clubs for conservation, the environment and a number of very popular gardening clubs used by pupils from the Nursery to Year 6.
The school has its own farm on site, with an ever increasing variety of permanent and visiting animals. We aim to provide opportunities for all age groups to learn about the animals, how to care for them and just to enjoy their company. Food grown by the children in the allotment is also used in the kitchen to help develop their understanding of food and farming.