2nd March 2021 Newsletter

2nd March 2021 Newsletter
02 Mar 2021

To be honest, we have been so busy over the last 5 years that this website has been neglected!

So, what’s been going on?

We have been running all of the D of E at Queen Katherine School, Kendal with around 100 pupils every year starting their bronze award, 35 on silver and 20 on gold. We have had some great trips in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and then up to Scotland – with mountain trips in the Cairngorms and Knoydart and canoe trips on the Tay and Loch Sheil.

There is now a real culture of outdoor adventure in the school with local trips out after school into the Lake District and annual adventures in Morocco including trekking through Jebel Sahro and winter mountaineering in the High Atlas.

We have similar numbers on a D of E expedition programme at Withington Girls’ School in Manchester with expeditions in the local area, Peak District, Lakes and Dales.

WGS have been very proactive during coronavirus, being determined that as much as possible goes ahead, and organised enough to make sure that there was no reason not to – very refreshing!

Our involvement at Sedbergh School has grown massively since the last news post!

We have been running outdoor adventure programmes as part of their summer schools both at Casterton Prep School and Sedbergh, as well as activity sessions for yr 9 and an annual term of tree planting – planting over 3000 trees so far around the school and local area – leading to a John Muir Award for all those involved.

During the last year we have been looking after the international pupils who were unable to go home for the holidays  due to coronavirus, as well as running pre-term on-site courses for those (up to 80 at a time) in quarantine.

Saxon and Stone Age days for primary schools are always good fun and we look forwards to getting back to normal and running more of these.

As of today, 1 March, the diary is full for the summer so here’s to a good recovery after the virus.

I promise to keep the news up to date!




Tim Deighton

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