Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Learning outside the classroom is about raising achievement

through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance.

This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn. These opportunities can take place on the school site, in the local environment, further afield and through residential opportunities. Marchbank Free School offer a range of activities and opportunities for our students to learn beyond the classroom.

Access to the 'Outdoor Education Team' on a regular basis.

Regularly planned educational visits linked directly to our curriculum to extend learning

Residential experiences in rich and varied environments

Dramatic and musical productions.

Access to the VLE and other educational resources from home

Opportunities for our school council to work collaboratively with their peers in the local area.

Enrichment Activities

We offer an extensive range of enrichment activities for the students in our school.

Fundamental to the underlying ethos of Marchbank Free School is the understanding that the education of our young people cannot simply be restricted to the teaching of academic subjects. Our School wishes to offer a diverse and engaging enrichment programme that will stimulate and motivate ALL of our students.

Some of these experiences include:

·         Residential Visits

·         Themed learning days

·         Sporting Events

·         Educational visits

·         Lunch Clubs

·         School Council

These activities take place in ‘extended day arrangements’ outside of traditional lesson times and change on a termly basis.

Residential and Educational Visits

We believe that educational outings and visits to the school by external experts, alongside residential, greatly enhances the children’s learning experience and are essential to the development of an inquiring and imaginative mind.

Such visits stimulate greater interest and often provide hands-on experiences that help children make sense of historical, geographical or scientific concepts.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education in Marchbank is led by Richard Bulmer.

Outdoor Education

Staff:  Richard Bulmer, Brent Ardle.  

 Outdoor Education provides a rich learning medium and is one of a range of initiatives which can offer informal educational opportunities addressing the personal and social development of both communities and individuals.

It is an organised approach to learning in which direct experience is of paramount importance. It contributes to spiritual and aesthetic awareness by placing students in surroundings and circumstances which are challenging and inspiring and often unpredictable.  As Outdoor Education deals with real situations, it can be highly motivating.

 Knowledge, skills and positive attitudes are developed in these situations. It also develops awareness of, and respect for, self, others and the environment.

Opportunities are provided for the students to achieve both physical and emotional fulfillment.

The team deliver an outdoor education provision throughout the Education Village Academy. This provision offers support and social development programmes and courses to students.