Personal and social development through adventure and adrenaline sports

Education Programme

Working alongside mainstream education providers, we give opportunities for young people to realise significant development and overcome barriers they face.
Educational exclusion creates huge costs to society and education providers alike
The solution offered by Urban Pursuit is an alternative education provision with a focus on personal and social development through adventure and adrenaline sports.
We offer part-time, long-term placements predominantly for young people in Key Stages 3 and 4, as well as bespoke packages for schools and other agencies where needed. 

Our programmes of personal, social and behavioural development are based on adventure and adrenaline sports. We offer placements as a preventative measure, as well as for those who may have already been permanently excluded. 

Our programmes are also highly suitable for those with self-esteem issues and those lacking in social confidence. We make every effort to place young people appropriately within groups or one-to-one settings which will best serve their development.

Our provision

  • High ratios of staff to young people, from one-to-one up to two-to-six
  • Transport solutions, to overcome barriers to success
  • Daily qualitative feedback is written of each individual young person, providing assurance and invaluable insights
  • Provision of one, two, or half-day per week
  • Designed for students at risk of exclusion, as well as those with low self-esteem or low confidence
  • Immediate enrolment on our rolling programme
  • Predominantly for young people in Key Stage 3 and 4, but we can cater from Key Stage 2 up to Post 16
  • Other bespoke formats available, such as one-offs or short-term packages


Our adventure and adrenaline curriculum is founded on a thorough understanding of how children learn and grow.
We have an in-depth understanding of the root causes that lead to young people becoming at risk of school exclusion. A number of personal and social developmental pillars underpin our physical curriculum. We believe in part-time, long-term intervention to ensure the young person remains a part of their core community and that they have the best chance of experiencing real transformation through the development of strong relationships with adults. 

A lot of our work has been informed by a consultant Doctor of Educational Psychology as well as the Attachment Theory work of John Bowlby and Louise Bomber. We have a thorough understanding of Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences and disseminate our knowledge and skills in these areas.

Personal Development

At Urban Pursuit, our theory of personal and social development is based on five key pillars, all of which are integrated into our adventure curriculum. These themes are woven into our activity days through dynamic coaching and personalised mentoring. Young people also have individual targets that they are working towards.


Helping young people understand who they are

Sense of self-worth
Sense of belonging
Interests and passions
Personal story


Helping young people relate to others

Building relationships
Social responsibility
Building trust
Acceptable behaviour

Self Management

Helping young people develop emotional competency

Anxiety management
Anger management
Conflict resolution
Environmental adaptation
Comfort zones
Personal health


Helping young people discover their talents

Creativity Skills
Space to thrive
Life application
Broad spectrum of opportunity


Helping young people create a meaningful journey into adulthood

Realising potential
Careers and progression routes

Key Themes for Success

  • Relationships first - a personal approach
  • Removing barriers - encouraging success
  • Role modelling - leading by example
  • Responsible risk taking - exploring boundaries
  • Restorative principles - learning from mistakes
  • Reshaping mindsets - openness to possibility


Young people will:
  • Identify positive attributes that form part of their identity. They also identify, confront and reject things that give them a negative sense of identity
  • Repair relationships where harm has caused them to break down
  • Know who they are, what they are worth and what they can become, with an increased confidence in what they have to offer
  • See themselves as creators of their own futures. They see clearly the paths that take them from where they are to where they want to be
  • Be motivated to take these paths and believe in their ability to reach their goals
  • Have a better understanding of how to behave in ways that are more acceptable to their families, school, and society, allowing them to proceed effectively along their educational journey. They see the importance of interdependent learning and the impact of qualifications, enterprise and creativity on their life chances


Young people will:
  • Avoid permanent exclusion
  • Receive fewer fixed-term exclusions
  • Demonstrate improved behaviour in school
  • Improve their attendance
  • Make better progress with learning
  • Achieve higher standards of attainment
  • Have better chances of progression into further education, employment and training

Bristol Centre
Avonquay House
Cumberland Basin


Tel: 0117 239 0932  
Mob: 07737 848090


Urban Pursuit Education Ltd  Company No. 12392453 Vat No. 384287069