Outdoor Pursuits

Our unique location in a UNESCO Biosphere and World Surf Reserve provides the perfect environment for our extremely successful outdoor education programme. Surfing is serious fun at Kingsley, providing physical activity and wellbeing for all our students, and providing unique opportunities in our Surf Academy, the first of its kind in the world.

The UNSECO biosphere of North Devon provides opportunities - which are again unique to Kingsley School - to study and appreciate the environment and ecology through our award-winning Earth Centre and Ecology Zone. With specialist staff ready to support the students’ learning, they soon develop a deep passion, understanding and appreciation for the world around them, and the difference they can make.

All students in Year 9 are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award scheme, and many will complete the exhibition component of this to achieve the award. High numbers of students continue to complete the Silver and Gold Awards, with a trip to Buckingham Palace to collect their badges and certificates.

Students from Year 8-13 also take part in the annual Exmoor Challenge, the 10 Tors challenge, and the Jubilee Challenge which incorporate 16 – 55 miles challenges across the stunning national parks close to the school. With the infamous south-west coastal path on our doorstep too, Kingsley is a ready-made activity centre with unique opportunities for our students.

With kayaking on the local rivers and coastline, Pilot Boat Gig Racing, bouldering and canyoning, climbing and wake-boarding, Kingsley won’t disappoint the most adventurous and extreme thrill-seekers!

Kingsley School boasts 24 acres of sports fields, woodland and rewilding projects. This provides the very best environment for Forest Schools and students from Pre-school to Sixth Form enjoy and appreciate the opportunities to be outdoors. Trained practitioners deliver an active curriculum that allows students to develop their interest, skills and knowledge of the outdoor world, and further enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

Children in the Prep School have residential opportunities to enjoy the south west of England. Residentials start in Year 2 and occur every year afterwards all through their primary curriculum. We enjoy a range of activity centres situated in some of the most beautiful parts of England: Dartmoor, the Quantocks, the Mendips and the South Devon coastline for a wide variety of activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, caving, kayaking, gorge walking, orienteering and paddle boarding.

The Tarka Cycle Trail runs close to the school, and boasts the longest traffic free cycle route in the UK, perfect for young cyclists. Prep School children make great use of this cycle route (and the famous Hockings ice cream along the way!). Along with Bikeability, cycling becomes a popular pastime for the Prep School children.