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      Outdoor pursuits

      Archery 

      Target archery is the most widespread form of the sport and girls in the sixth form to opt for this sport as part of their physical education lessons. There are opportunities for other age groups to ‘have a go’ at archery at various other times.

      Target archery is also practised in well over one thousand clubs throughout the UK and it is an Olympic discipline. Rules and regulations are of paramount importance and maintained under the control of a qualified GNAS instructor. The students usually shoot distances of 18m-30m depending on the ability of the group. The bows are recurve bows, a direct descendent of the long bow. Archery has survived the test of time and continues to be one of the most fascinating sports enjoyed by anyone seeking fun, fulfillment and friendly competition.

      Rifle shooting

      Girls have a chance to learn the skill of .22 rifle target shooting during their activities sessions once per week. The sessions take place on the Sherborne Boys’ range with the coach of the GB junior team, Mrs Chrissie Monksummers. They can take part in postal competitions and also inter-school competitions in joint teams with Sherborne School.

      Indoor climbing wall experience 

      Climbing is run as two 10/12 week sessions during the autumn and spring terms for students from all year groups. Sessions are 90 minutes long, giving an opportunity for girls to experience this increasingly popular, exciting and challenging sport in a safe indoor environment.

      The three climbing walls in the Oxley Sports Centre cater for the needs of both beginners and experienced climbers. With lead climbing and top roping options available, there are plenty of opportunities for students to extend themselves in this sporting arena. The addition of a bouldering wall is an excellent teaching and training facility that will help in the development of technique, strength and flexibility that can be transferred into other sporting areas as well as being an invaluable coaching facility for climbing.

      This is an activity that can be used to satisfy the requirements of the Physical Activity section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.