Jamie Wakeham : Supply Teaching and Outdoor Education in Oxfordshire

Jamie Wakeham

Physics, science and general supply teaching Outdoor education for schools and individuals Private tuition and Oxbridge exam preparation

Climbing instruction for school groups

I am able to arrange indoor climbing sessions for school groups at Brookes University’s Rock Solid wall. These make for an excellent educational activity; as an experienced teacher myself I can flexibly tailor the session as extension to your physical education syllabus, as effective motivational sessions for underachieving pupils, as reward for good performance, or as credit towards the Physical area of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

Having been an Oxfordshire EVC, I can assist with the paperwork required for climbing sessions as educational visits - rest assured it’s a lot simpler than you might think. I will require a member of your school staff to come to the session - this could be a member of teaching staff, a TA, or even a member of support staff. I am insured to drive all Oxfordshire LEA school minibuses and hold a first aid certificate as well as an enhanced CRB disclosure, meaning your member of staff does not need to hold any extra qualifications themselves.

I prefer to run sessions of 90 minutes; in an hour-long session too much time is spent learning how to fasten harnesses and on basic rope work. For 90-minute sessions I charge £140 for up to six pupils, and £160 for up to ten pupils; contact me for quotes for different session durations. These prices include all safety equipment and entry to the wall. I’m not able to supply rock shoes; these aren’t necessary for introductory sessions, and can be hired from the wall if you feel it beneficial. I hold £5m professional liability insurance for climbing activities; the school will be responsible for arranging personal accident insurance for pupils (this is easily and very cheaply obtained through OCC).

I’m able to run sessions at almost any time to suit your needs; the wall tends to be quieter in the daytime during the week and on weekend mornings.

To discuss how I can make indoor climbing activities available to your pupils, contact me.