Outdoor Education at CSIA
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
This voluntary, non-competitive programme of extra-curricular activities is designed to support the personal and social development of young people. CSIA offers all 3 levels of the award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), all of which require substantial commitment and are highly regarded by employers and higher education.
The Bronze award begins in Year 9, Silver in Year 10 and Gold is on offer to those students who continue into The VI Form Academy. In order to complete an award, students are expected to attend regular after-school sessions targeting the 4 sections of the award – Skill, Physical, Volunteering and Expedition.
Awards are presented at the end of the year, along with invitations to St James’ Palace for those completing the Gold award.
The annual Ten Tors Challenge is widely regarded as one of the most challenging events uniquely intended for young people attracting teams from all over the country. For many participants the event stands out as a highlight of their teenage years, and for some, will be a life-changing experience.
CSIA students have the opportunity to join the 35, 45, or 55 mile teams on hikes covering that distance in 2 days over the rough terrain of the Dartmoor National Park. The teams of 6 must be self-sufficient, carrying all they need to camp out on the moor and safely complete their route before the 5pm deadline. Weather conditions can be testing and success or failure will depend on how the team has applied themselves during the training events.
CSIA Adventure award
Local primary school pupils in year 5 are welcomed to CSIA during the Spring Term for an exciting day of bush-craft, rock climbing and outdoor education. The Adventure Award day is a great way for CSIA to showcase some of our fantastic extra-curricular facilities including our Lottery Funded Climbing Wall.
All transport and refreshments are provided by CSIA along with certificates which are presented at the end of the day by a member of the Outdoor Education Senior Leadership Team.