Year 7 Princethorpe Pioneers Returned Happy But Muddy From Their Residential

Our Year 7 Princethorpe Pioneers returned happy, exhausted and just a little muddy from their residential trip to the Pioneer Centre at Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire. They had all grown in confidence having approached new challenges with determination and enthusiasm and enjoyed a memorable three days of organised activities.

We took 100 pupils for a three-day programme that included caving, climbing, abseil and zip wire, the big bounce, raft building and initiative games. The group also got to participate in a challenging tropical reptile experience and enjoy a fabulous Saturday night disco.

They tested their nerves as they climbed the big wall, swooped down the zip wire and explored the depths of the caving systems with only a little light on their helmets to see by.

They developed leadership and team building skills as they built a raft to sail on the pond, and despite the mud all jumped in for a splash around in the cold. And the very brave overcame their fears as they got ‘hands on’ with snakes and lizards in a tropical animal session.

Deputy Head – Pastoral, Beth Sharpe said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our Year 7 pupils to bond together as a year group. They had an amazing time and were really supportive of one another as they worked together. They showed resilience and initiative and I know they have come back into school with new friends and better able to work together as a team.”

The Pioneer Centre is a superb purpose built activity holiday centre situated in stunning countryside on the edge of the Wyre Forest. Our pupils were a credit to themselves and to the school, the Pioneer staff commented on how well behaved they had been.

Ruby from ACW said, “I had a fabulous time, I loved the raft building and jumping backwards into the water.” Will, also from ACW, added, “It was a great trip, it developed your skills and experience.”

Robbie from FGC said, “Caving was really fun, I had never done it before.” And Neve, also from FGC, said, “I loved the disco, it was loud and great to spend time with everyone outside your dorm.”

Well done Year 7 Pioneers and a big thank you to all of the staff who supported the weekend it was a remarkable, although slightly muddy, residential!

To view the short video from the trip please click here.

Year 7 Residential