Preesall students learn from great outdoors

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Year 10 students from a Preesall school spent a week facing physical challenges and gaining new skills to help them with their GCSE and BTEC PE courses.

The St Aidan’s Technology College GCSE students had to gain a practical mark in sea kayaking and spent a lot of the week developing the skill at Tower Wood Education Centre, Windermere.

BTEC students needed to work on skills such as independence, team building and risk assessment and took part in activities such as sailing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling and mountain biking.

Night time activities included orienteering, sleeping out and camp fire building.

Trip organiser, Mr Bruce Macleod who is director of PE and Vocational Studies, said: “Outdoor education has the ability to develop not only the academic side of the individual but also areas such as leadership, teamwork, independence etc. Learning outside the classroom is motivational to the student and a place like Tower Wood has the ability to inspire our students in a variety of ways.’