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)

Due to Year 7 pizza evening 19 March date has been moved to 20 March - email to confirm sent 6 March


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

All days now full.

Corona Virus Update:
In line with government advice the OED have cancelled all activities up until 20 April 2020
Year 8 Camp payments has been suspended until further notice

Our Team: 

James 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.

Nathan Bonnie


Mr Bonnie has recently started to help with the climbing club and more details of his experience will follow.


Outdoor Education

Jane Jowett Head of Department 01242 538248

Pauline Mussi Admin and payments 01242 538282

Natalie Berry DofE, Shooting, First Aid 01242 538282

James Bastian Climbing, DofE 01242 538282

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