The breadth of opportunity that Prince’s Mead offers outside of the classroom is designed to develop teamwork, self-reliance, ingenuity, leadership, responsibility and a sense of public service in each and every pupil. We want all our pupils to grasp the possibilities and opportunities of life with open hearts and minds. One would expect nothing less from a school whose Headmaster spent his formative years in the British Army!
Ultimately, we want all girls and boys who pass through Prince’s Mead to develop an appetite for life beyond the confines of the classroom and be inspired both to develop themselves fully as an individual and also to open their eyes to the rich tapestry of life all around them. Most importantly, we want to develop within all our pupils the skills and sense of courage which will enable to them to overcome and thrive on each and every challenge they are faced in their lives, and to be prepared for senior school and beyond as a young person with the belief that they can make a positive difference to the world around.
This is not achieved by staying in the comfort zone of a classroom, but developed through proactive engagement in our local woodlands for our younger pupils as part of our Forest School programme – and well beyond for our older pupils. Children experience Outdoor Adventurous Activities as part of their weekly ‘Carousel’ programme in Years 3 to 6, in one of the residential trips in Year 4, 5 and 6 or as part of an extra-curricular club. We are fortunate to have team building challenge tasks and a zip wire in Gray’s Wood, an Outdoor Classroom as well as an orienteering course set out across our stunning site. An outward-facing sense of adventure is something we aim to nurture within all our pupils and an exciting new programme beckons.