Outdoor Pursuits have a very strong tradition at Malvern College. The school is equipped with its own climbing wall, a fleet of canoes and kayaks, and most recently mountain bikes. The location of Malvern, with the hills on our doorstep and so close to the rivers Wye and Severn as well as the Brecon Beacons, allows the provision of regular trips of an adventurous nature.
Foundation Year and Remove
In their first year at the College pupils will be encouraged to try a variety of adventurous activities through field days to outdoor centres, a weekly climbing club and visits to the bunkhouse at Cwm Llwch in the Brecons. The year's climax is a trip for the whole year group to the Lake District where the pupils will go ghyll scrambling, climbing, caving, canoeing and hill walking. The trip includes an overnight camping expedition, which serves as an excellent introduction to the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Hundred and Sixth Form
Once in the Hundred and above, pupils can opt for various outdoor activities pursued in the afternoons as games' options. These include canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing. There are also weekend trips to venues such as the Peak District, the river Wye and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Throughout all of the activities and expeditions mentioned, pupils are encouraged to build on their skills of teamwork, self-reliance and leadership. Older pupils are often placed in positions of responsibility on these trips and progress to achieving nationally recognised leadership and instructional awards.
There is a tradition of providing a variety of expeditions overseas. In recent years these have included mountaineering in the Pyrenees, scuba diving in Malta, ski touring in the Alps and most recently a paragliding expedition to the Mont Blanc massif. On top of all this, there is a yearly winter mountaineering expedition to the Scottish highlands and many other expedition opportunities provided through the CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh schemes.
Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership Co-ordinator: Jay Watts
Jay joined Malvern College as our Outdoor Pursuits Instructor in September 2014. In a past life he spent some years backpacking around the world, making the most of the opportunity to travel. Once back in the UK, Jay split his time between the Lake District where he worked with disadvantaged youths in the outdoors, and his adopted home, the Isle of Man, where he instructed in a range of outdoor activities such as; sea kayaking, coasteering and rock climbing. Working at Malvern College Jay leads the busy Outdoor Pursuits programme overseeing climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, kayak polo, mountain walking and team building. He also helps to run Duke of Edinburgh & Combined Cadet Force trips throughout the year.