Students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Bristol Brunel Academy and City Academy Bristol spent a week in the wild hills, lakes and lochs of an Outward Bound centre in Snowdonia, North Wales.

The thirty six Year 9 students, from a diverse range of backgrounds, took part in this adventure. Using the power of learning and adventure they took part in a variety of outdoor activities that included canoeing, gorge scrabbling, slab climbing and a wild camping expedition! Tackling these activities will hopefully help them greatly improve their self-esteem, resilience, confidence in learning, emotional wellbeing and relationship-building skills.

The aim of the trip is to make them believe in themselves and hopefully transform their behaviour throughout school, work and beyond into their adult life.

The trip has been made possible in part due to sponsorship from outside charities, such as the John James Bristol Foundation and the Outward Bound Trust, for whose contributions we are extremely grateful. However, our ambition is that this is not a one-off, rather the start of similar events and activities, some of which can be supported by external sponsorship.

Steve Taylor CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation said, “The values that we all share as an organisation reinforce our commitment to create equity of opportunity, removing disadvantage for all students. We seek opportunities to achieve equity for our vulnerable pupils every day in our academies to give our children the best possible life chances and we hope this trip has been truly a life-changing experience.”