Climbing clubs cost £120 for the term and run for 10 evenings per term after school at 15:45-17:45 in the school gym on the climbing wall.

Any sessions held off site will finish at 18:45. Details with exact arrangements will be emailed to parents prior to the trip.

We teach the Level 1 and 2 National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) Syllabus to the majority of our students. Once they have completed these we have devised our own awards equivalent to their Level 3 and 4 awards.

Sensible behaviour is expected at all times. Staff reserve the right to exclude pupils in the unlikely event that such a standard of behavior is not maintained, or if safety is compromised.

Please take care to not overbook activities for your child, particularly at the beginning of Year 7. We recommend shooting or climbing, but not both as there will also be after school sports clubs organised by the PE department.

Spring Term Dates: 

Monday Priority to Year 10+ or holders of NICAS Level 2 13 Jan - 30 Mar inclusive (excluding 3 & 17 Feb)

Tuesday Priority to Year 8&9 or holders of NICAS Level 1

7 Jan - 31 Mar inclusive (excluding 28 Jan,18 Feb & 10 Mar)

Wednesday Priority to Year 7&8

8 Jan - 1 Apr inclusive (excluding 5 & 19 & 26 February)

Thursday Priority to Year 7&8

9 Jan - 2 Apr inclusive (excluding 13 & 20 & 27 February)

Autumn Term Dates: 

Monday 16 Sept - 25 Nov inclusive

Tuesday 17 Sept - 3 Dec inclusive (excluding 1 October)

Wednesday 18 Sept - 11 December inclusive (excluding 25 September and 4 December)

Thursday 19 Sept - 19 December inclusive (excluding 26 September and 5 December)


Please email or telephone on 01242 538248 if you are likely to be late collecting your child

Our Team: 

Mr Bastian

Instructor, Route Setter

Mr Bastian has been climbing for over 15 years and teaching/coaching for the last 10 years. He became a permanent member of OED staff in September 2019 having joined Pate's as an occasional instructor in 2018.  His passion is with bouldering, but he also loves to climb sport and trad when not busy teaching others. He enjoys teaching the NICAS award and currently teaches levels 1-5. Mr Bastian holds his CWI and CWDI, RSA Levels 1 and 2 and BMC Fundamentals 2 and 3 and has also had training for Foundation Coach and Development Coach Awards. He has been climbing in many different places in the UK and Asia, with his favorite place being the Granite sea cliffs of The Perhentian Island, a small island of the East Coast of Malaysia.

Miss Freeman


Miss Freeman joined the OED staff in September 2019. She started climbing regularly in 2014 and enjoyed climbing so much that in 2017, she took a huge leap and left her journalism career to work full time at a large bouldering centre in London. As an instructor and coach, she ran sessions for children and adults alike, drawing on a decade of teaching experience as a swimming coach and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leader. 
Off the climbing wall, Miss Freeman enjoys both Trad and Sport climbing as well as hiking and triathlons.
Miss Freeman holds the CWI, Foundation Coach, FUNdamentals 1, 2 and 3, and Physical Training for Climbing 1 awards. She has also completed training for the CWDI, Development Coach, and Hill and Moorland Leader awards.


Outdoor Education

Jane Jowett Head of Department 01242 538248

Natalie Berry DofE, Shooting, First Aid 01242 538286

Pauline Mussi Admin and payments 01242 538282

James Bastian Climbing, DofE 01242 538282

Clare Freeman Climbing, DofE 01242 538282

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