From August to October, groups of participants travel to either The Outward Bound Trust’s Howtown Centre in the Lake District, or Loch Eil near Fort William, to participate in their initial five day residential outdoor development course. Each group will consist of up to 14 participants, drawn from two to six schools located close to each other (a “cluster”). These groups are eventually split to form the community project groups, but initially begin their journey together on this intensive personal development programme.

Dynamic outdoor activities, which can include rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and an expedition, all give the participants an experience of team work and personal challenge. Classroom sessions (often using the “big classroom” outdoors) also teach transferable business skills such as presentations, finance, project management and planning.

During the five days there is an overnight expedition. All equipment is supplied and participants take a short journey with their instructor, often by foot or canoe, and camp overnight, cooking basic food and demonstrating to themselves their ability to thrive in a challenging environment. Sunrises are priceless on expedition, but so is the learning as participants work together and develop a new understanding of their abilities, and – importantly – of their fellow team members. Students look back on this element of the residential as the most challenging, but also as the part they have the greatest sense of pride and achievement in and this is often where the Outward Bound Instructors see the biggest development in confidence.

Other activities, both outdoors and, in some cases, classroom-based, seek to further develop understanding of self and others, and an appreciation of what the team is able to achieve together. All activities have a purpose and will be linked to further learning or achievement, both in the community project phase, but most importantly for 6th year and in preparation for their next destination.

2017 residential course dates

Please be aware that some schools will have students attending on more than one course date. Get in touch with us if you’re not sure which course you’ll be on. This information is subject to change but we will always email you with your correct course dates.

28th August – 1st September, Howtown

  • Glasgow South West
    •             Govan High
    •             St Paul’s High
    •             Bellahouston
    •             Shawlands (see also 9th – 13th October)
    •             Lourdes
    •             Rosshall
  • Glasgow East
    •             Eastbank
    •             Bannerman
    •             St Mungo’s
    •             St Andrew’s
    •             Smithycroft
    •             Whitehill
  • Bearsden & Milngavie
    •             Bearsden Academy
    •             Boclair High School
    •             Douglas Academy
  • Falkirk
    •             Braes High School
    •             Graeme High School
    •             St Mungo’s RC High School
  • Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
    •             Cumbernauld Academy
    •             Kilsyth Academy
    •             Our Lady’s High School
    •             St Maurice’s

11th – 15th September, Loch Eil

  • Clydebank & Drumchapel
    • Clydebank High
    • St Peter the Apostle
    • Drumchapel High
  • Glasgow South East (see also 9th – 13th October)
    • Castlemilk High
    • King’s Park
    • Holyrood Secondary School
    • St Margaret Mary’s

25th – 29th September, Loch Eil

  • Paisley
    • Paisley Grammar
    • St Andrews Academy
    • Gleniffer High
  • Glasgow West End
    • Hillhead
    • Glasgow Gaelic School
    • Notre Dame
    • John Paul Academy
  • Edinburgh
    • Castlebrae
    • Portobello
    • Holy Rood
    • Liberton
    • Tynecastle
    • St Thomas of Aquin’s
    • James Gillespie’s
  • Wishaw and Bellshill
    • Bellshill Academy
    • Cardinal Newman
    • Clyde Valley High
    • St Aidan’s
    • Coltness

9th – 13th October, Loch Eil

  • Glasgow South East (see also 11th – 15th September and 28th August – 1st September)
    • Castlemilk High
    • Holyrood Secondary School
    • King’s Park
    • Shawlands
  • Dumbarton
    • Dumbarton Academy
    • Our Lady & St Patrick’s
    • Vale of Leven
  • Glasgow East
    • Bannerman
    • St Mungo’s
  • Glasgow West
    • Cleveden
    • Hyndland
    • St Thomas Aquinas
    • Knightswood
  • Glasgow North
    • All Saints’
    • St Roch’s
    • Bishopbriggs
    • Springburn


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