Somervale School

Staff Join Students on Walking Leader Training Course

Glorious sunshine and unusually warm autumnal weather greeted the candidates on a Lowland Walking Leader training course organised by our Outdoor Education Department just before Christmas. Two members of staff joined the Y13 students to undertake the new course administered by the Mountain Leader Training Board - mountaineering and climbing’s National Governing Body. Day 1 of the course started in the classroom looking at navigation techniques, weather forecasting, route-planning and group management strategies amongst other topics and was concluded with a local night walk to give some additional challenges. An early start on Sunday and a drive down to the Dorset coast, gave further opportunity to discuss and develop leadership skills.


This summer, a two day Outdoor First Aid course is being arranged during term time which will complement the training. Mr Chandler said ‘This is an exciting addition to the range of opportunities we now offer. It’s great to see the students demonstrate skills learned through our Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors programmes and start on the pathway to a full NGB qualification. There are many hu​​ndreds of miles of fabulous walking in our countryside and lots of groups looking for leaders in either a paid or voluntary capacity. I am confident that this training will stand the candidates in good stead for a variety of reasons.