Activities Week 2024 - 10-12 July 2024

We are delighted to announce that we will be reinstating our Activities Week at the end of this academic year. Our usual timetable will be collapsed and a wide variety of activities celebrating the ‘Rodborough 5 Rs’ will be on offer for Years 7-10 between Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th July, with some trips extending into the weekend.

Activities Week Letter

Year 7 Residential Trip to France - 10-12 July 2024

Year 8 Residential to Germany - 10 - 14 July 2024

Year 9 Residential to Ypres and the Somme - 10-11 July 2024

Non Residential Options

Year 8&9 ODA Camp - 10-12 July 2024

As part of our Activities Week celebrating the ‘Rodborough 5 Rs’, I am delighted to be able to offer 100 students (50 from Year 8 and 50 from Year 9) the opportunity to complete the Outdoor Discovery Award - and to participate in an overnight camp.

The Outdoor Discovery Award (or ODA) is ideal for people of all ages who wish to learn basic navigation skills, encouraging them to gain and improve personal confidence to get out and get active.  The Award has been developed to help group leaders introduce the basic elements of navigation to people who want to explore outside.

Previously known as Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA), the revamped and updated ODA continues with the core ethos of the YNSA: encouraging exploration and journeying in local areas using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps. 

We will be running the course, using our trained Duke of Edinburgh staff, over our three-day Activities Week: Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th July 2024.


Wednesday: We will be in school and on Witley Common and Rodborough Common studying maps, compasses, and navigation skills.

Thursday: We will start in school and continue what we began on Wednesday and look at some camp craft before going by coach to EMBERS camp site, POLESDEN LACEY.

Friday: We will walk to Silent Pool from Polesden Lacey (c. 3 hours) before getting a coach back to school where students will need to be collected by parents in the late afternoon. Exact timings to be confirmed.

Students will, ith guidance and supervision, cater for themselves for the Thursday evening meal and Friday breakfast. We will be asking for details of their dietary needs nearer the time.

Thursday and Friday will be ‘mobile phone free’, with Wednesday following the usual school policies.

This will be a great precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and suit all students who love the great outdoors.

We thoroughly recommend this trip to you, but places are limited to 100 (50 in Year 8 and 50 in Year


 In the event that the trip is over-subscribed, places will be allocated fairly by lottery and any students not selected will be placed on a waiting list.

The price for this trip will be £60, which will cover transport and camping.