Outdoor Education

With its safe parkland campus and proximity to the beach in Dunbar, Outdoor Education has always been part of Belhaven Hill's rich all-round ethos.

Do your children like building bird and bat boxes, cooking over camp fires, or designing and building an African hut? All these activities and more are on the agenda for the boys and girls at Belhaven Hill.

Education outside the classroom plays a key role in the school’s all round view of learning.

Cove 0515 1Belhaven now takes day pupils from age 7 (Form 6) and, given the importance of hands-on experience for learning, has injected more Outdoor Education into the curriculum for 7 and 8 year olds.

It is a natural progression for Outdoor Education to become a more integral part of the school curriculum. This builds on existing activities, such as Design and Technology, and the Conservation and Gardening Clubs.

However, Belhaven still focuses on providing an excellent academic education focused on the 3 Rs with plenty of sport and extra-curricular activities.

Given Belhaven’s beautiful grounds, nearby beaches, and ever changing climate, building an enquiring appreciation of the environment is a natural evolution of the school’s curriculum.
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The Scottish Government encourages outdoor learning through their Curriculum for Excellence, and the John Muir Trust in neighbouring Dunbar supports “learning for sustainability to integrate thinking on sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning...”

Peter Bailey is Belhaven’s teacher for Outdoor Education. Peter has a post graduate qualification in Outdoor Education, combined with a diverse career in the UK and abroad, both inside and out, ranging from farming, lecturing and mineral exploration, to natural resource development in international aid.