Pupils getting active outside classroom

STUDENTS from Cramlington have spent a weekend taking part in a range of activities out of the classroom.

More than 200 Year 7 students from Cramlington Learning Village spent their Saturday and Sunday abseiling, riding zip wires, completing assault courses, team challenges, and learning how to climb, fence and shoot arrows like Robin Hood.

The weekend was held at Dukeshouse wood in Hexham and was part of Cramlington’s residential experience for the year group, designed to challenge students to be resilient resourceful, reasoning, responsible, and reflective – the school’s ‘Five Rs’ for successful learning.

Students carried a ‘5 Rs’ passport with them to each activity and were awarded ‘stamps’ in each providing they could explain how they had been resilient and resourceful throughout the course of the weekend.

Deputy head Mark Lovatt said: “The students have had a fantastic experience and have really challenged themselves to push beyond their comfort zones, they are a great bunch of students and we are very proud of them.

“It was also an important opportunity for staff at the school to get to know students in a different context and for tutors to find out more about the students in their form class.

”Students thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and staff at the centre said the students were amongst the most enthusiastic they had ever seen and were a joy to work with.”

The Year 7 residential experience will become an annual event at Cramlington Learning Village and the weekend has already been booked for next year.