The London Oratory School Activities Department oversees the developing education of pupils in an environment beyond the classroom. It encompasses the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, World Challenge Expeditions and The Challenge and seeks to establish a sense of adventure, self-reliance, and an awareness of the impact that each individual makes on the environment.
Supporting pupils and parents in the leadership and personal development of young people through challenging and sustainable outdoor activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a nationwide award followed at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, from ages 14-25. Participants are challenged to embark on learning a skill, participating in voluntary service, engaging in physical exercise, and undertaking two expeditions in the United Kingdom and even abroad.
World Challenge Expeditions are extended expeditions in far-flung and often developing countries, for two or four weeks every other summer. Challengers raise all the money themselves in a variety of enterprising ways, plan their itinerary in a group, and undertake two extended expeditions, community work, sightseeing and much more. Recent destinations include: Venezuela, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, India, Cambodia and Thailand.
The Challenge is an exciting opportunity for 15-16 year olds in the summer after year 11. The programme lasts two an a half weeks full-time during the summer, plus four days over the following five weekends. It encompasses: the Personal Challenge, with outdoor sports and activities such as abseiling or canoeing; the Team Challenge, in areas such as enterprise, media, design and technology, performance or sport; the Real Challenge, where groups design a project to influence their local community in a positive way. Entries are by invitation through the school.