Primary Schools

The Outward Bound Trust is an outdoor learning charity that equips young people with social and emotional skills through learning and adventure in the wild. We work with primary schools from across the UK, providing experiential wilderness programmes in Snowdonia, The Lakes and The Highlands.

As a charity we can offer bursaries to almost 70% of our participants, so that as many young people as possible can benefit from a high quality residential experience.

Course Outcomes

Through our ongoing evaluation and research efforts we are able to demonstrate that our courses have real impact on young people’s attitudes, skills and behaviours.

We aim to change how young people think and feel about themselves and their lives by building their personal, social and emotional skills so they become more effective individuals, whether in education, life or work. 

Employability Skills

Read our latest research findings (77KB, pdf) and discover how Outward Bound courses help to support young people in their journey to, and within, employment.

Specific and measurable course outcomes include

  • Increased confidence and improved personal and emotional wellbeing
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Increased resilience
  • Increased confidence in learning
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the natural environment.

For the full details, please download our Social Impact report (15KB, pdf) or visit the Impact section of our website.

A Partnership Approach

The Outward Bound Trust works in partnership with primary schools to deliver 3 and 5 day outdoor residential experiences, which are tailored to meet schools’ individual needs and values. Outdoor learning provides opportunities for pupils' to face new challenges and develop new skills, helping them to feel more prepared for the next stage of their education. Participants leave us feeling confident in their own abilities, eager to transfer their learning back into the classroom.

The Experience

"The Trust delivers very focused courses with a high level of interaction between instructor and staff/pupils (which) means that the course can be tailored to meet individual and specific needs." Executive Head Teacher, Primary School

For many primary participants, attending an Outward Bound residential is often their first experience away from home. We appreciate that this is a significant milestone in their lives so each group has their own dedicated Outward Bound instructor for the duration of their residential to build trust and deepen the impact of the programme.

Our instructors are expert educators, with over half possessing academic qualifications for delivering learning, in addition to their outdoor qualifications. They have the skills, maturity and experience to both support and challenge young people, whether in the review rooms or up a mountain.


You can choose from a range of themed courses, from First Challenge and Transition through to Eco & Sustainability as well as bespoke, and each with a clear set of outcomes.

For primaries we recommend First Challenge (case study) and Adventure and Challenge (case study).

Please get in touch to discuss your school’s requirements, so we can advise you on the appropriate course.


  • High quality residential experience
  • Charity with bursaries for up to 70% of our participants
  • Experienced instructors with both educational and outdoor qualifications
  • Genuine wilderness locations for hugely impactful experiences
  • Research and evaluation with proven course outcomes
  • 24-hr pastoral care
  • All inclusive price.

We work hard to make the outdoors accessible to as many young people as possible through our charitable subsidies and bursary scheme. Prices start from:

£1,662* for a 3-day residential

£2,520* for a 5-day residential

*The above prices are based on a group of twelve participants and one member of visiting staff. Final price can vary dependent upon seasonality, location chosen and eligibility of financial assistance.

The total cost is inclusive of food, accommodation and fully comprehensive insurance.


As an educational charity, we can offer financial assistance to almost 70% of our participants. Click here for more information and to access our latest financial offers.

First Challenge (pdf) - 5 day sample programme

Transition from Primary to Secondary (pdf) - 5 day programme

Adventure Challenge (pdf) - 3 day sample programme (including expedition)

Adventure Challenge (pdf) - 5 day sample programme

Download our Developing young people, naturally flyer (pdf), which contains information about who we are, our approach, the environments we work in and the outcomes of our courses for young people in education.