“I was being trusted by adults to play independently with others and to be a responsible member of a group.”Former pupil
Harmeny Outdoors is part of Harmeny Education Trust and offers adventurous and environmental experiences for children who attend Harmeny School, as well as a range of activities for external groups, volunteering and student placement opportunities. Activities we offer include climbing and abseiling, off road cycling, hill walking, mountaineering, kayaking and canoeing, as well as at tree climbing, indoor climbing, water play, bushcraft and orienteering.
Our outdoor service is regularly inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), most recently in February 2021. In particular our bike programme has been highlighted as an area of good practice: “The inspector was informed about the skills acquisition programme for bike maintenance which enables the students (under supervision) to upgrade old bicycles and then sell them at the local Balerno farmers’ market. The inspector felt that the inclusive and imaginative approach to using all aspects of cycling to engage the students and teach both bike and life skills was pro-active and innovative.” (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Inspection Report, March 2018)
Successive inspections by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland have also highlighted our outdoor service as playing a vital part in contributing to very positive outcomes for children. Our most recent care inspection report stated, “Harmeny outdoors also provided opportunities for children to broaden their horizons and try new activities such as skiing, kayaking, camping and team building activities. These opportunities helped children to gain in confidence and physical ability as well as increasing their knowledge and life skills.” (Care Inspection Report, March 2016)
To find out more about the work of our Harmeny Outdoors, please click on the sub headings on the left hand side.
To view details of our adventure activities license, please click on the following link: AALA Licence