Last weekend, 12 Fourth Form pupils successfully completed the gruelling Ten Tors Challenge in the South West of England.

They committed to a tough training schedule through the School year, learning navigation, teamwork, emergency procedures and camping skills. The training took them to the wilds of Dartmoor in the winter where they were taught to use a map and compass, and culminated in Easter Camp where they were able to demonstrate their skills, stamina and determination on long walks with full backpacks.

The weekend of the Challenge started at 4.30am with Mr Shaun Barrett firing up the barbeque to provide a huge cooked breakfast. The teams were given a rousing send off with the parachute display team, helicopters, the roar of spectators and finally, at 7.00am, the sound of canons firing. Both teams had carefully planned their routes of 35 miles and set off for their first day, completing seven Tors before setting up camp. Team leaders, Jeronimo and Beth were given the responsibility of ensuring each checkpoint was reached and their tracker registered.

On the second day, all pupils were packed and walking by 6.00am. They were met with huge crowds and cheers as they reached the finish line before receiving their medals on the podium. It was a tremendous achievement, physically and mentally, and an experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Congratulations to all our Ten Torers who worked well together to achieve their goals. Thanks go to the staff who provided all the training and supported the event, especially Mr Neill Barrett, Mr Claire Murphy, Mr Shaun Barrett and Mr David Pollard.

Ten Tors is part of our Wider Curriculum offer.