Kind Rotary donation allows Frank Wise pupils to have outdoor adventure

Josh Miles and Anna Read enjoy some outdoor fun at an Outward Bound course with the Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121009001
Josh Miles and Anna Read enjoy some outdoor fun at an Outward Bound course with the Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121009001

Frank Wise School pupils Josh Miles and Anna Read have returned from Exmoor after taking part in an Outwood Bound course at the Calvert Trust.

The post-16 students have achieved new levels of independence at the school in Horsebeam Close and put their new skills to the test on June 19-22 after the Rotary Club of Banbury sponsored the pair.

Anna Read takes on the abseiling challenge during her Outward Bound course with the Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121020001

Anna Read takes on the abseiling challenge during her Outward Bound course with the Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121020001

Away from the regular home and school comforts and support of familiar staff, the young adults booked themselves in for a weekend of outdoor adventure and during their time they braved the zip wire, abseiled steep rock faces and canoed the icy Devonshire water.

They also fended for themselves for 72 hours under discreet supervision from centre staff.

Dean Cooke, senior teacher at Frank Wise’s Griffiths Centre for post-16 students, said: “We strive to establish new, motivating and challenging opportunities for all students in the Griffiths Centre in order for them to develop their independence in real life, functional settings.

“We offer our own residential trip each year but the Calvert Trust weekend takes this one step further and thanks to the hard work of Banbury’s Rotarians, it is not an additional cost that families have to find. The students consistently return full of confidence and go on to achieve even greater things, including delivering a series of presentations to different audiences about their experiences.”

Josh Miles takes his turn down the rock face at the Outward Bound course with The Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121030001

Josh Miles takes his turn down the rock face at the Outward Bound course with The Calvert Trust in Devon. NNL-151007-121030001

The Calvert Trust was founded in 1978 to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. As well as Exmoor, they have centres in Kielder in Northumberland and the Lake District.