“I like what you do with your kids, you do it well, it’s no wonder they react well to it. From what I see there are certainly no ‘cotton wool kids’ at Harmeny.”Ski Patroller, Cairngorms
As a Grant Aided Special School, part of our funding goes towards resourcing our outdoor learning service, and all children at Harmeny, whether here on a residential or day basis, benefit from the activities on offer.
Based within the grounds of the school, our team of five well qualified and highly experienced outdoor learning staff provide a huge variety of activities, within and outside the school, which are fully integrated into the curriculum. We are fully licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) as well as being approved by many local authorities for the delivery of adventurous activities. In addition, we hold the Eco School Green Flag award in recognition of our commitment to the environment.
Activities can include: weekly outdoor learning sessions to every class group; adventure PE; group and individual work around identified goals; and overnight stays under canvas or in other adventure venues. A great deal of our work is to support the pupils’ learning within class groups. However, we also offer a wide range of outdoor adventurous activities during evenings and weekends such as: mountain biking (including bike maintenance), canoeing, kayaking, skiing, orienteering, adventure trips, team building games, environmental studies and community involvement.
Our community garden also allows the delivery of a wide range of activities and experiences including horticulture, work-life skills, enterprise and science sessions.
By the time they leave Harmeny, children will have experienced a wide variety of outdoor activities, improved their physical and emotional wellbeing, grown in confidence, increased their awareness of the environment and gained new skills and interests, which we hope will last them a life-time. Our aim is to help children make choices about positive, active lifestyles through guided discovery.