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Y13s become members of the British Exploring Society

 british exploring societyStamford School Year 13 students, Chris Allison and Olly Hall, have been elected as Members of the British Exploring Society and given the John Muir Trust Explorer Award. They received their awards at the British Exploring Society’s annual meeting which took place on 25th January at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Both students were part of the British Exploring Society’s 2013 expedition to Arctic Finnmark (Norway) in July 2013 which undertook ecological, geological and hydrological surveys in the area around the remote Øksfjordjøkelen ice cap in the north-east tip of mainland Norway at 70oN well within the Arctic Circle.

The Society’s annual gathering gave the opportunity for the participants on the six expeditions run by the Society in 2013 to present their findings and report on their experiences to a packed audience of fellow explorers, parents sponsors and members of the Society at the prestigious venue of the RGS. Expeditions are organised and broken down into ‘fires’ or teams of a dozen participants and Chris Allison was asked to give a brief presentation at the event on behalf of his ‘Orca’ fire about the results of the ecological surveys undertaken in the valleys below the ice caps.

Head of Stamford School, Will Phelan, said: “There is a great emphasis on outdoor education as part of our extra-curricular programme at Stamford School with a large number of students engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh award. The fact that Olly and Chris have achieved this accolade is down to their dedication and desire to challenge themselves and each other, a fundamental part of what being a Stamford School boy is all about. I know we will see more of our pupils undertaking work with British Exploring Society and further cementing the culture of outdoor education here.”