Leadership Residential Programme


King’s Leadership Academy’s residential programme is closely tied to the school’s mission of “developing in each of our students the academic skills, intellectual habits, qualities of character and leadership traits necessary to succeed at all levels and become successful citizens in tomorrow’s world”. King’s Leadership Academy residential programme uses the outdoors as a medium for learning, allowing students to:

  • Develop independence through self-confidence, self-direction and self-knowledge
  • Sharpen their reflective and critical-thinking skills
    Enhance their appreciation of, and respect for, the natural environment
  • Discover personal strengths
  • Learn how to be effective leaders and cooperative team members

Through experiential learning of the outdoors, students hone their leadership and team-building skills while learning about themselves, about others and about the world around them. The leadership program is mandatory in Years 7 through to 13, and becomes increasingly challenging as each year progresses. Specific objectives are set for each course, as students prepare for their senior expedition through the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award – a 5-day national/international adventurous expedition that includes three days of monitored solitude. All outdoor education instructors are affiliated through our leadership partners, The Brathay Leadership Trust.

Residential Curriculum

Adventure and challenge are inextricably linked within King’s Leadership residential programme. We strive to develop the individual and the group through considered skill development with careful handling of emotional well-being. The expectation is that students will return having faced challenges, risks and adventure in the outdoors and be able to apply the learning to everyday life.

Each residential course teaches the following as the core curriculum:

  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Survival skills
  • Navigation
  • Journaling reflection
  • Trip-planning
  • Hazard and risk management
  • Expedition behavior and group dynamics
  • Group-processing and communication
  • Respect to the natural environment.

Leadership Residential Programme

Year 7 Brathay Residential – 4th & 5th October 2018 – £125

Year 8 Brathay Residential – 13th-15th February 2019 – £210