Northampton School for Boys


Year 12 Bude Experience 2014

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During Enterprise week in October, we again took our Year 12 students to Adventure International in Bude for a week of outdoor pursuits. The weather forecast was for rain and storms on the Tuesday, so it was with expectations of getting cold and wet that we set off on the Sunday morning for the long drive down to the North Cornwall coast.

We arrived to a warm welcome as usual and quickly settled into our rooms. There were many familiar faces amongst the instructors and they were keen to find out about each of the students in their groups. With 180 students on the trip, we tend to take over the whole of the centre, however the Year 8 pupils from Isca School in Exeter were there again, meaning the centre was full almost full to capacity. It was good to see our students getting on so well with the younger ones, and it would have been hard to tell that they were from two different schools unless you already knew.

The week was busy and productive, and the students got stuck in to each of their activities. The promised bad weather seemed to come and go very quickly, lasting only an hour or so at lunchtime on Tuesday! 

I was particularly impressed by the attitude of  the students towards their instructors. There were so many positive comments about their behaviour and good nature; they really were an excellent year group to take away.

By the end of the week we had enjoyed a great experience and everyone seemed to be leaving with a real sense of achievement. There had been the usual, and in some cases predictable, Wallies – those who keep the spirits of their group up; the Bottles – those who conquered fears, and the Stars.

For the staff travelling from NSB it was a great week. Everyone did their bit to make it successful and their efforts were greatly appreciated.

P. Loughney
Y12 Team Leader