Students take on mountainous challenge
Group of students in extreme challenge
STUDENTS from Hayes took on an extreme challenge by climbing Britain’s three highest mountains.
Barnhill Community High A-level students Billy Moone, Jack McDermott and Sam Dixon, all 17, joined their teacher Helen Gillingham to scale the three peaks as part of an annual challenge organised by education charity The Transformation Trust.
The brave young people were among teams from seven schools across the country, with each school being paired with a set of business mentors.
Ms Gillingham, key stage director of years 11 to 13 at the secondary school, said: “Myself and the three students were very excited to have the opportunity to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for students and we are grateful to The Transformation Trust for providing it.”
The students from the school, in Yeading Lane, Hayes, were paired with four business leaders from hotel group Hilton.
The amazing feat of climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales took the challengers just one weekend, on September 13 and 14.
Overall, 52 climbers took part with others coming from Manchester, Leeds, Hull and Bournemouth.
As well as a strenuous physical challenge, the trip was designed to create a mentoring opportunity between the sixth formers and the major UK companies.
Laura Halstead, Chiara Delpriore and Rebecca Grigg from Hilton joined the group on the climb.
Miss Grigg said: “We enjoyed the fun challenge of partnering with pupils in what was a truly adventurous and mutually beneficial, rewarding experience.”
n SCALING HEIGHTS: (From left) Teacher Helen Gillinham, Hilton’s Laura Halstead and students Billy Moone, Jack McDermott and Sam Dixon