Extra Curricular

Outdoor Pursuits

We strongly believe in providing valuable outdoor pursuits experiences to pupils of all ages, not only to improve self-esteem, but to give a wide variety of exciting experiences. The extensive grounds provide tremendous opportunities for children to take part in a whole range of outdoor activities. This includes activities at weekends for our boarders and expeditions for all in Years 6, 7 and 8. This year, the Year 6 pupils will spend a weekend in Northumberland, camping and taking part in hill walking, fishing and problem solving. The Year 7 pupils will have the same opportunities, but in the Lake District, and the Year 8 pupils will spend a week in Hartsop and will take part in a wider range of activities, including gorge scrambling and climbing.

These important adventures provide our pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership ability and work with others in groups. Quite often, these experiences are remembered for life. The children at Mowden are therefore made aware of the associated risks and enjoy the benefits of outdoor pursuits in a safe and controlled environment. Groups of children can also enjoy an outdoor adventure potholing in North Yorkshire, exploring the mines of Northumberland or climbing and abseiling local crags.

On site, we have a climbing wall, an indoor swimming pool, a bike course in the woods, and plenty of space for camping in the grounds. The weekends provide an excellent additional opportunity for boarders to take full advantage of these facilities, with regular trips and expeditions to the surrounding area.


A very broad range of clubs and extra-curricular activities are on offer, both in the evenings and at weekends. All children are encouraged to try new and different clubs to broaden their experiences and interests. The following list is not exhaustive, as clubs change with the seasons and depend on staff availability, but club options include:

•    Art
•    Badminton
•    Basketball
•    Board games
•    Camp craft
•    Camping
•    Choir
•    Chess
•    Cinema trips
•    Clay Pigeon Shooting
•    Climbing wall
•    Concert band
•    Cookery
•    Cricket nets
•    Croquet
•    Cross Country
•    Cuisine française
•    Dampers in the woods

•    Den building
•    Drama
•    Electric guitar
•    Fell walking
•    Football
•    French club
•    Gardening
•    Golf
•    Greek
•    Hockey
•    Jazz group
•    I.C.T.
•    Modelling
•    Mountain biking
•    Nature
•    Orienteering
•    Outdoor pursuits
•    Percussion

•    Pétanque
•    Pool
•    Pottery
•    River scrambling
•    Saxophone
•    Science
•    Scottish country dancing
•    Skiing
•    String group
•    Swimming
•    Table football
•    Table tennis
•    Tapestry
•    Ten-pin bowling
•    Tennis
•    Water polo
•    Website building
•    Woodwork

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