Secondary School Climbing Walls

Are you looking to expand your secondary school’s sports equipment, or broaden the number of GSCE sports available to your students? Climbing can be both mentally and physically stimulating for your pupils, increasing overall fitness as part of a PE programme or after school club, and improving skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

A rewarding alternative to traditional team sports, examining bodies AQA, Edexcel, and OCR all offer climbing as an option for GSCE PE. Likewise, NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes) Climbing and Bouldering schemes offer further climbing awards to your students, while giving teachers purpose and structure to your school climbing sessions.

We’ve built over 7,300 school climbing walls!

Over 7,300 schools and colleges have trusted EP Climbing to build their climbing wall so far. We’ll work with you to design, produce, and install a bespoke secondary school climbing wall that meets the needs of your pupils. Whether you’re a state school or an independent school, you just need to choose the style you’d like, and we’ll take it from there.

We can even match the colours of your school climbing wall to your branding – and add a high school emblem or crest to boost your students’ sense of belonging.

What type of climbing wall would be right for my secondary school?

Bouldering walls and roped climbing walls are recommended for high schools, offering climbs of varying difficulty to challenge your students.

Roped climbing walls for high schools

Roped climbing walls allow your students to climb as high as possible with the comfort and safety of a rope, enabling them to push their skills and abilities without being held back by the prospect of falling. The use of ropes likewise makes challenges accessible to all, with climbing difficulty varying from beginner to more complex depending on the needs of your pupils. Our roped walls also satisfy the requirements of both GCSE PE and NICAS curriculums, should your students wish to progress their climbing to obtain awards and qualifications.

Requiring a minimum height of 6-10 metres, roped walls are typically installed at one end of a school multi-sports hall, using very little floor space which allows for other sports and activities to take place when not in use. Fold-away safety matting can be fitted to further maximise space and prevent climbing without the supervision of a teacher.

Roped walls may be used for either top rope or leading, with the added option of being equipped with TRUBLUE auto belays – to enable climbers to ascend without the need for a partner.

School climbing wall packages include all necessary equipment, such as ropes and harnesses, plus our team will train your teaching staff to supervise climbers safely.

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Bouldering walls for secondary schools

Bouldering combines balance, strength, and technique to complete a short but challenging sequence of moves, known as ‘problems’. A sociable form of climbing, bouldering is great for group sessions, as well as solo for more competent students. As with roped climbing, the difficulty of your school bouldering wall can be adapted based on the capabilities of your pupils.

At around 4 metres high, bouldering walls are an ideal solution for spaces without a great deal of height. No ropes or harnesses are used in bouldering and as such, thick safety matting is required at the foot of the wall.

We’re not only a school climbing wall manufacturer!

Aside from manufacturing your secondary school climbing wall, our dedicated team will also take care of your annual maintenance, ensuring that your school’s walls are fit for purpose and giving both parents and teachers peace of mind that pupils are climbing under safe conditions.


EP Climbing produces not only climbing walls, but also the holds, macros, and volumes needed to create fun and testing challenges for your students.

As an International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Authorised Producer, you can rest assured that our holds are of the utmost quality. In addition to providing you with climbing holds, our specialist routesetters can create tailored challenges for your high school climbing walls.


Think your students could take on a vertical race? Or even beat a world record? We can also install an IFSC approved speed timer to your wall, to test the speediness of your students. Sports day races just levelled up!

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