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The Mount Kelly Shackleton Programme is designed to develop and celebrate leadership, practical skills and teamwork. Involving every Prep pupil, the once weekly sessions are tailored to different age groups with a universal focus on four main themes:

  • To inspire, encourage and support a spirit of adventure
  • To develop proficiency and skills in outdoor activities
  • To encourage an ability to risk assess and remain safe
  • To introduce pupils to the intrinsic reward of helping others through community projects both at school and in the wider community.                    

Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was a renowned Antarctic explorer who demonstrated great courage and leadership, particularly during his epic Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 -17. Although he never completed his aim of being the first to cross the continent via the South Pole his exploration and leadership skills ensured that his 28-strong crew returned home safely after almost three years in one of the most challenging climates known to man. His story remains one of the greatest feats of human survival and cements his place as one of the principal figures of “the heroic age of Antarctic exploration”.

This is a popular and highly enjoyable aspect of Mount Kelly life where children can explore a diverse range of projects in the fresh air in the School’s extensive grounds or those of adjacent Dartmoor National Park, guided by dedicated School staff, broadening and developing their experience in a structured and safe environment.  






Gorge Walking

Communication and Radios

First Aid

Path Clearing and Maintenance

Camp Craft

Weather Reading

Water Safety

Charity Boxes



Moorland Safety

Conservation Projects


Route Planning

Risk Assessment

Assisting Local Charities


Shelter Building


Moorland Walking

Fire Lighting



  Whittling and using Forest Tools    
  Animal Husbandry