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Skills, Spills and Thrills in Yorkshire

For the 3rd year running, a group of Year 10 GCSE PE students headed to Yorkshire during the Easter holidays for a 4 day mountain bike experience with High Adventure Outdoor Education. Led by Mr Matthews, Mr Bray, Mr Hartley and Miss Daniels, the 19 strong group got to practice on a variety of obstacles such as steep drops, berms and jumps.

"I think everyone crashed at least once! I fell off and rolled down the hill a bit, but I was ok. The challenge was trying to stay on!" Katie Shears was one of only 3 girls to take the opportunity to try a new sport. "I think the consensus is that mountain biking is a man's sport, but the top 3 female downhill mountain bikers in the world are British (pictured), so it's definitely a sport that suits girls too."

Tahnee Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter

Abby Cook added, "Downhill was definitely the best bit. You felt really proud when you got to the bottom... and extra proud if you didn't fall off on the way!"

Finley Taylor said that although he rides a bike with his friends, he's never tried mountain biking before. "It was definitely more difficult than I thought it would be. You have to have a positive mindset and just go for it! I've heard that there is a cool local trail called Croft. It would be great if one of the local mountain bike clubs had a provision for teenagers. I think more of my friends would have a go then too."

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As well as two and a half days of riding, the students had an evening of archery and were able to explore an underground maze. The PE Department have already booked to go again next year! Head of PE, Mr Hartley said: "It's a great opportunity to learn from the outdoor classroom. It's important for our students to push their boundaries and comfort levels. Only then can they see what they are really capable of!"