BOULDERING, ridge walking and plunge pool swimming were just some of the activities enjoyed by intrepid King’s Ely students during an adrenaline-fuelled expedition to the Lake District.

To say the 10 day expedition, which kicked off on the first Sunday of the summer holidays, was action-packed would be a slight understatement – with students also enjoying multi pitch mountain climbing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, trail running and more.

The expedition was staged through the Ely Scheme, which aims to build important life skills that cannot always be taught in the classroom. While most independent schools have an outdoor pursuits programme, the Ely Scheme is both unique and central to the whole King’s Ely experience, as young people are given tangible opportunities to push themselves to achieve beyond anything they ever thought possible.

The aim is to develop each individual student through outdoor education and adventurous activity, concentrating on eight major elements: personal skills; self-confidence; teamwork; leadership skills; social and environmental awareness; problem solving; ability to cope with difficult situations and healthy respect for nature and the outdoors.

What an experience for all of the team, the students of whom were Ben Biggs, Tom Biggs, Alex Budenberg, Alex Scarborough, David Harris, Oli Johnson and Charlie Watson.

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