Our Approach to Adventure

What is the purpose of Adventure?

Adventure is an exciting, unusual and sometimes hazardous experience, according to the dictionary. It is also an essential part of life at Dauntsey’s – not simply an event but something that teaches invaluable life skills and changes attitudes and behaviour for the better.

Adventurous Behaviour

We want pupils to adopt behaviours that will help them lead a fruitful and interesting life, in which they are organised and flexible, willing to have a go and learn from their experiences. We find that this plays dividends in the classroom where pupils bring this adventurous attitude to their lessons. 

Adventurous Behaviour is:

  • To be open to trying new experiences and entering new environments
  • To show resilience and good humour in the face of adversity
  • To be able to recognise, analyse and control risks and to use this knowledge to act boldly
  • To be able to learn from experiences, whether successful or not
  • To treat the environments you enter and the cultures and people you come into contact with dignity and respect
  • To be able to admit and correct our mistakes.
  • To be as concerned for others as we are for ourselves and treat both with respect
  • To be organised but flexible
  • To be able to provide leadership where needed and to follow leadership where appropriate
  • To enjoy our experiences

We hope that you enjoy our film of the Moonrakers Adventure below.

Strands of Adventure

Within the provision of adventure at Dauntsey's, there are two strands - High Adventure and Accessible Adventure. Younger pupils develop a passion for adventure through the accessible adventure programme which is then developed and expanded as they move up the School when they can take on more challenging activities in the high adventure programmes.

We were staying in a little hut and it was freezing and everyone was moaning and groaning. But looking back, I'm really glad that I did it because you get such a sense of achievement."

third form pupil

Adventure on your doorstep

In this article our Head of Adventure Education, Sam Moore points out that you don’t need to travel far for adventure - go to article

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