KS3 Night in the Woods

22nd November 2016

As the first  challenge in The Grove Academy’s new Personal Development Programme, the KS3 students were challenged to spend a night in the woods, sleeping in self–built shelters.

Designed to improve the students’ personal resilience and self-confidence, the challenge involved:  route planning; use of public transport; map reading;  teamwork; leadership; shelter building and campfire cooking. As much as possible, the  students were given control and independence with the activities and the decision making.

The two KS3 groups set out from TGA on foot to the bus station and caught the 36 bus to Ripley. From Ripley they then had to make their way on foot, over 4 miles, to the wood near Bishop Thornton, where they spent the night in bivvy bags, under their basha shelters.

On the second day, after breakfast,  both groups  walked to Birstwith to catch the bus  back to Harrogate, and walk triumphantly back to the academy, having all grown significantly from the experience.

Congratulations to the four  pupils  from 3:1 and 3:2 who successfully  completed the challenge.