At Avalon School we are very lucky to have a huge outdoor area in which to play, learn and work. We understand the importance of getting outdoors to transform knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours through direct engagement with the outdoor environment. Students at Avalon School can learn to take care of the land around them and to use it to stay fit and healthy.
Our offer can include opportunities for alternative provision where it would benefit a child or young person’s educational experience. We work closely with local providers who support our ethos and values.
Our curriculum at all key stages is underpinned by learning for life and preparation for adulthood and we believe that skills taught in the classroom should be directly transferrable to everyday activities and situations. We aim to offer all of our students opportunities to generalise the skills they have learned in school by supporting them to access their local community.
All of our young people will work towards the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award during their time in 6th Form. We follow the four Duke of Edinburgh strands as follows:
Skills – Young people will work on a specific skill to achieve this strand.
Physical – Physical activity will be recorded over the course of three months.
Volunteering – Working in the community and doing a job which benefits others.
Expedition – Spending a night away from home: problem-solving, working as a team and developing independence skills that can’t be taught in school.
For their D of E volunteering section, Year 10 students from Willow Class and Chestnut Class are litter-picking and clearing the ground for a wild flower meadow at Combe Hill Woods.