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Posted on: 3 June 2019

Rock Climbing Residential

During the first weekend of half term, 21 Year 10 GCSE PE students attended a residential in the Brecon Beacons.  This was to develop the skills needed to meet the requirements of the AQA specification in rock climbing as part of the practical element of the GCSE course.

Most of the students had little or no rock climbing experience, but the intensive course allowed them to develop knowledge and put into practice all aspects of the criteria.  Two days of climbing, bouldering, belaying and filming each other for 6 hours per day on the outdoor climbing walls in glorious sunshine was followed by a final morning at the indoor centre. 

The students were constantly being assessed by Monty and his team, and have returned home with a logbook of climbs/belays, video evidence and the confidence and know-how to tackle grade 6 and 7 climbs.  Soon the PE department will receive a report for each student and an assessment grade which will be used in their final GCSE.  This can be further improved by continuing to develop the skills learned this weekend.

PE teacher David Alvarez said, “The students showed great work ethic, focus, resilience and determination to continue throughout the weekend at such a high intensity and smile on their faces, and they should be very proud of their efforts!”