Every year the Junior Forms enjoy an expedition day in the Trinity Term. Each year group has its own adventure. Year 3 went to Broadway Tower, Year 4 to Symmonds Yat and Year 5 to Cromme Court.
Year 3 travelled to Broadway Tower, which is a unique Capability Brown Folly Tower. It is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment with unrivalled views. After a quick snack to boast energy levels pupils started the climb up to the tower, on reaching the top the view was amazing, they could see for a 62 mile radius viewing as many as 16 Counties, (whilst polishing off a much-needed ice cream). On their descent they stopped half way for a picnic, which was then followed by a trip to the adventure playground to try out the zip wire, enormous climbing frame and giant swing; a wonderful day was enjoyed by everyone, staff included!
For Year 4 the day started with a trip to the lookout point on the River Wye to join the RSPB volunteers in their search for the nesting places of the peregrine falcons who habitually nest at Symmonds Yat Rock. Unfortunately there was no sign of them, just a lazy buzzard circling on the thermals up above. The group then walked along the River Wye which was running fast and swollen with rainwater, crossing over the rope bridge at the Biblins campsite. The team had then hoped to re-cross the river using the rope ferry at Symmonds Yat West, but the high river levels meant that staff and children had to change their plans and retrace their steps. After a long hike back up the hill everyone finished the day with ice creams!
Year 5 had a fun-packed day at Croome Court which is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive parkland at Croome D’Abitot, near Pershore. Throughout the day the children enjoyed the stunning views, playing ‘stealth’ in the daisies, rolling down the hill after lunch, eating ice cream and den building. Molly Rafferty said, ‘It was a good, calming walk and a great reward for all of our hard work after our exams.’