This year’s leavers’ course provided all sorts of additional challenges for our intrepid Year 8. As well as having to face their fears coasteering and abseiling they also had to cope with being wet, (very wet) for the duration of the week.

Other than the first afternoon, which was spent playing on the beach, it rained solidly. Black thunder clouds rolled in around 4.30pm on the Monday  from then on and it was all hands to the deck to keep the campsite afloat. The marquee was dismantled at 2.37am by a sleepy Mr Cahill and metres and metres of gaffa tape were used to hold pretty much everything else together.

Despite hourly checks to the Met ot Office to see when pupils could look forward to more beach time, the children enjoyed their usual adrenaline fuelled activities of surfing, mountain biking, ringoing and coasteering, which they did with broad smiles and great humour. They also had the chance to travel to the famous indoor Pannier market at Barnstable and enjoyed the indoor adventure pool at Ruda Holiday Park.

Steve Cahill, leavers’ course organiser said, “In 20 years of organising the leavers’ course this was by far the wettest, however, the children had an incredible attitude and still managed to have a fabulous and rewarding time. There was a great deal of laughter in spite of the rain.”