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Other Pathways


Sometimes students find that the MYP is not right for them.

Sometime families worry that their children will not progress in their chosen career without Maths and English GCSEs.

For these reasons we give students the chance to enter for GCSES or IGCSEs - normally in MYP5 (Year 11). The subjects we can offer will vary depending on the exact nature of the circumstances but will usually include:

  • English Literature

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Combined Sciences

Because we do so much work on sustainability we can also offer the Cambridge IGCSE in Environmental Management. The image below shows the syllabi of some IGCSEs.










For some students the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness from Asdan is a good certificate to show their lifeskills.


"The Trust's John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It is inclusive, accessible and non-competitive, though should challenge each participant.  The Award encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment through a structured yet adaptable scheme, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration."

Award Criteria

To achieve a John Muir Award, each participant must:

  • Meet our four Challenges

  • Complete the required time commitment

  • Show enthusiasm and commitment towards their involvement

  • Have an awareness of John Muir

  • Understand what the John Muir Award is and why they are participating 


Award levels

There are three different levels. The four Challenges are met for each level, increasing in responsibility and ownership.

  • Discovery Award – four days/25+ hours minimum time commitment

  • Explorer Award – eight days/50+ hours

  • Conserver Award – 20 days/125+ hours across at least six months 

The John Muir Trust provide a very useful Information Handbook.


With the staff at The Wilderness we have developed a framework for teaching and assessing leadership skills. You can read about this here.

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