John Muir Award

Students who study horticulture and animal care in year 7 can progress onto the John Muir Award in years 8 and 9.

The course requires students to work together to discover, explore, develop and share a natural place.

This year, students are developing a bushcraft area and have purchased equipment for Partnership use.

Fourteen students are learning how to build and start fires safely, use knife skills to whittle, how to build dens and prepare meals to be cooked on the fire.Some of the more experienced students will help Mrs Baldwin to deliver a bush craft enrichment activity to younger students.

Mrs Baldwin has had three days of training from Jack Raven Bushcraft in Kent and is working towards being a registered practitioner of outdoor learning with The Institute of Outdoor Learning (RPIOL)


Many primary schools offer similar Forest School experiences (including Burton End and Place Farm Academy) but Castle Manor Academy is unique in that it offers students so many experiences outside of the classroom at a secondary level.