Outdoor Learning/DofE



Students at the ILC from both primary and secondary provisions benefit from fully qualified Forest School, Beach School and Mountain Biking staff that provides our students with the opportunity for the development of their Emotional, Social and Practical Skills in outdoor environments. This is done in an atmosphere of respect, kinship and trust without prejudice of any kind. Whether it is making a fire from scratch to building a shelter using natural materials or even whittling a spoon, our students are supported and nurtured to produce the best result that they can with support from an experienced and skilled tutor at our two Forest School locations at Branstone Farm and a private woodland near Brading.

Key Stage 4 Students at the ILC have the opportunity to access the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Our students are supported throughout their adventures in developing the key Volunteering, Physical and Skills Sections whilst firmly embedding the Expedition Skills needed for an overnight expedition so that the Expedition Section is completed in a safe and enjoyable manner. Apart from the enjoyment of completing the award and gaining a recognised qualification, those that complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s award are guaranteed through the Lifezones pledge to have an interview with one of 30 top companies in the UK if a job is applied for making it a useful qualification to get in addition to GCSE’s.

At the ILC we also engage in many Offsite Adventurous Activities on and around the Isle of Wight. Working with local activity providers we sometimes have Archery, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle boarding and Mountain Boarding, surfing and body with with The Wave Project on the menu as well as Survival Skills, Mountain Biking, Beach Schools and Bush-crafting which are delivered in house by experienced instructors.