Elite Rodean Girls’ School Begins Teaching Students Outdoor Survival Bushcraft Skills


Do you have all your axes, children? Elite Rodean Girls’ School Begins Teaching Students Outdoor Survival Bushcraft Skills

  • Pupils at Brighton School will learn to use and chop and carve wood
  • The pilot project for 11-12 year olds hopes to relearn the love of the outdoors
  • The girls will also learn to predict the weather and interpret animal tracks.










A £ 40,000-a-year school that lists movie stars and politicians among its ‘old daughters’ is ditching the classroom in favor of knife-mastery and survival lessons.

Pupils at Roedean School in Brighton will now spend part of their time learning to use an ax and carving wood.

The one-year-old bushcraft pilot is set to help young people, ages 11 and 12, relearn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic has kept them indoors for months.

The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls learning to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks, learn gardening skills and trim an animal’s hoof.

Pupils at Roedean School in Brighton will now spend part of their time learning to use an ax and chopping wood – as well as trimming an animal’s hoof (pictured)

The one-year-old bushcraft pilot is set to help youngsters, ages 11 and 12, relearn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic kept them indoors for months (Photo: Roedean student with a chicken)

The one-year-old bushcraft pilot is set to help youngsters, ages 11 and 12, relearn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic kept them indoors for months (Photo: Roedean student with a chicken)

The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls learning to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks and learn gardening skills.

The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls learning to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks and learn gardening skills.

Teachers at the school (pictured), which has award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its alumni, hope the sessions will also help girls get away from screens and socialize

Teachers at the school (pictured), which has award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its alumni, hope the sessions will also help girls get away from screens and socialize

And using the coastline on which the school is located, students will study life in the rock pools and find out which local plants are edible.

Deputy Director Dr Ross Barrand said: “The children have suffered tremendously over the past 18 months, looking at their bedroom screens and without much interaction.

“We wanted to incorporate a designated afternoon where they would be outside, rain or shine.”

Teachers at the school, which has award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its alumni, hope the sessions will also help girls move away from screens and socialize.

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