Hartington trip helps first years make friends

Pupils dressing up at Chatsworth House

Every pupil in the first year enjoyed three fun-filled days on our free induction residential in the Derbyshire Dales to help them make new friends during their first few weeks of school.

Staying in the atmospheric Hartington Hall youth hostel, the boys and girls learned all about the plague village of Eyam, ascended the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath via cable car and found out about the stunning art treasures on show at Chatsworth House. They explored Chatsworth’s beautiful gardens and examined the modern sculptures in the Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition, deciding which one they would buy if they were fabulously rich!

The final day, a walk in Biggin and Wolfscote dales, was challenging but fun, with pupils using GPS equipment to help them find the answers to a quiz on the landscape features in the area.

Head of lower school Mrs Helen Lawson was full of praise for our new first years:

The boys and girls were excellent – energetic, considerate and great company.

It made my day to receive an email from a gentleman who had been staying in Hartington Hall at the same time as our pupils, who complimented them on their courtesy and good behaviour. They promise to be an excellent year group!

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