School residential @Whitemead

During mid-September, the staff at Studley High School supported 80 Year 7 students on a residential trip to Whitemead Forest Park in Lydney, Gloucestershire.

Prior to the trip, activities were selected by Mr Rose to help develop teamwork skills and resilience. Students had the opportunity to participate in a number of engaging activities such as fencing, low ropes, tree climbing, body zorbing and the ‘crate stack’ challenge. Although the residential was a great opportunity to develop new friendships with other students in the Year, it was a real joy to watch students grow in confidence and support others when needed.

The site itself is set on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Not only did students love the beautiful surroundings and the glorious weather, they really appreciated the luxury accommodation they shared with their friends. The students also enjoyed the food that was on offer during their stay too. Energy levels needed to be kept high ready for the two evening activities: the general knowledge quiz on a Friday night (where the staff narrowly missed a victory!) and the disco where students had the opportunity to throw a few shapes! Mr Rose personally ensured that Mr Rushton was banned from the dance floor for crimes against ‘Dad Dancing’!

The residential trip was a real success and the Activity Leader and Coordinator from In2action made the following comment:

Mr Rose. Thank you for your kind feedback. Your school has been a real joy to have stay with us, you’ve been great! I will pass on your feedback to the team and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Mr Rose would personally like to thank all the Year 7 students that attended the residential for their exceptional behaviour and the staff who supported the trip: Miss Baker, Miss Boyle, Mrs Case, Mr Rushton and Miss Hinde.

The staff are already looking forward to the next Year 7 residential!