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New Low Ropes Course

Our 100 acres campus is home to a plethora of superb facilities including a climbing wall, fives courts, rifle range and mountain-biking tracks and the newest addition is bound to be just as popular. A fantastic new Low Ropes course has just been installed with 14 obstacles placed throughout a series of our wooded environment. Each obstacle provides a unique challenge with the height off the ground varying between 30cm to 2.5metres. A student attaches themselves onto the safety wire and then attempts the increasingly difficult challenges as they make their way around the course. Wobbly bridges, monkey bars, tight ropes and free swinging bordering boards are just some of the challenges to negotiate.

It isn’t just a solo activity though as once a student has become accustomed to the course during their first attempt, it then evolves into a team-building asset. For their 2nd attempt, a pair of students will try the course with burdens such as blindfolds and buckets of water to be carried. This makes the Low Ropes course a physical challenge but also aims to target teamwork, communication and trust. The course has been designed to be attempted in multiple directions and weight loaded to allow up to 3 students to work together throughout.
This new facility has the added bonus of providing new leadership opportunities for the Senior Cadets within the CCF (Lower and Upper Sixth students) as they have been trained as Low Ropes Course Assistants. With this qualification, they support Mr Rowlands (Head of Outdoor Education) during the running of a session assisting younger students to correctly wear harnesses, helmets and the required safety devices.

The Low Ropes Course is an amazing new asset that will be used by most students as they complete their CCF service and various Outdoor Education opportunities.