Duke of Edinburgh
At Quorn Hall School, we are fortunate to offer our pupils the opportunity to engage in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.
The Duke of Edinburgh programme gives participants the chance to do something completely new and improve on skills that they may have already acquired. It takes participants out of their comfort zone and into a place where they will experience amazing new experiences.
It helps to build confidence, resilience, independence for work and grows friendship groups, whilst having a brilliant, fun time doing it. The DofE programme can help students to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly.
During Key stage 4, our pupils undertake a qualification in Sports Leadership where they will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as; effective communication and organisation. Through their learning, our pupils will develop confidence to help lead basic physical activities to younger people, their peers, older generations and within the community.
The courses involve both guided & peer-to-peer learning and supervised leadership to ensure that learners have all the skills they need to lead basic physical activities to other people.
We offer qualifications in Sports Leadership at Level 1, 2 to ensure that pupils have a structured leadership pathway that helps them develop along the way. Our Level 2 Qualification Sports Leadership is recognised in personal statements for further education and can lead to our pupils having the opportunity, if desired, to go on to college and complete their Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership (SL3) which carries UCAS points!
By the end of the qualification our pupils will be healthy, confident leaders through sport and physical activity and have knowledge and skill to support them in adult life.
The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. Children should be given the opportunity to play and to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding within the natural environment, in particular, a woodland or forest setting and to build their independence, self-esteem and confidence.
This can be achieved by encouraging them to experience and explore the vibrant reality of the natural world using a hands-on and often ‘creative’ approach using a range of senses. Through practice and learning, children are able to realise and appreciate all forms of nature and to enjoy a sense of freedom, space and peace that it offers and to encourage a sense of responsibility for natural conservation. Through practice, participation and engagement in various activities children are able to build on their experiences as well as their social interaction skills through the combination of independent and group led activities based on a holistic approach in order to achieve their full potential.
Forest School helps to develop:
• Confidence and self-esteem;
• Communication and social skills;
• Physical skills;
• Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment;
• Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning;
• The ability to recognise and manage risk;
• Healthier lifestyles.
Forest School Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves.
• To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.
• To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
• To provide ways of developing practical life skills in an outdoor environment.
• To develop self-esteem, confidence and a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.
• To meet the needs of children with all learning styles
• To develop social and team working skills
• To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.
• To be true to the forest school ethos and approach
• To develop a secure, happy and welcoming environment.
• To provide stimulation and varied learning activities appropriate to the child’s needs and stages of development.
• To help each child build self-esteem, confidence, independence and self-control and interpersonal skills.
We are aiming to bring the beautiful River Soar into the curriculum as much as possible in the near future with water-based activities and sports, as well as diversify the curriculum to encompass more vocational subjects such as mechanics.