Members of the Sixth Form were extremely 'hands on' with some survival cooking instruction and interesting nutritional advice, this week.

As part of their busy enrichment programme, the students made the most of our excellent Food and Nutrition room to produce some culnerary delights that will no doubt form the staples of their diets at university!

It was great to see such a big turn out of students and all of them enjoyed the experience.

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It has been an extremely busy week for the Outdoor Learning department with  19 Year 10 pupils completing their 3-day assessed Silver expedition on Dartmoor and the Ten Tors teams training for the 35 mile challenge.

In addition, the 55 mile team walked 45 miles in two days which was a great effort and good training for their forthcoming challenge.

Four other pupils were doing their Gold assessed and practice expeditions. 

And finally, under bright skies and warm breezes, the whole of Year 9 were out on Wednesday on a Bronze DofE training day. They navigated around the local area, cooked a meal, put up tents and had a safety briefing, in preparationg for their Castle Hill  practice  expedition next week.



Year 12 Kian Hayles-Cotton has been selected for the RCAC Leadership and Challenge Course in the Rocky Mountains this summer. This is a fantastic achievement which will see Kian spend six weeks in Canada in July and August.

Kian, who is a Cadet Corporal in the West Buckland CCF, attended a selection weekend at Cwrt-y-Gollen training camp, Crickhowell and was chosen from a very strong field of more than 80 of the Army’s top cadets from across the country.  He was selected for the once-in-a-lifetime trip after showing ‘commitment and physical achievement’.

The Canada Exchange will involve the cadets being based at the Rocky Mountain Cadet Training Centre for six weeks, during which they will be taking part in some exciting exercises in the mountains and also being guests to the Canadian Cadets.

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Students from Years 8 ato 10 enjoyed plentiful snow and sun during the school ski trip to Austria last week.

The trip catered for students ranging in ability from absolute beginners to mini-Franz Klammers, including staff members who had a few tricks up their sleeves!

The party enjoyed some of the best conditions that the Alps have produced in years, with metres of fresh snow, even to lower levels, as well as some fun apres-ski in the form of games, bowling and cultural trips.

No doubt more stories will emerge from the trip in the next week or so, and we are awaiting the result of 'best wipe-out' from the holiday!

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.