The Polar Academy

Explorer Craig Mathieson visited Bell Baxter last week to speak to S2 and S3 pupils about the opportunity to participate in the incredible Polar Academy expedition.  Billed as the hardest youth programme in Europe, pupils at the school will now have the chance to be considered for the programme.

Selected pupils will be involved with months of intensive training, cardio and endurance, culminating in a ten day expedition to Greenland in a self-guided challenge during Easter 2020.

This is the first time that The Polar Academy has returned to a school.  Ms Penrose, who took part in a previous expedition while at Lochgelly HS, said, “I was keen to bring it (The Polar Academy) to Bell Baxter because of the benefits it brought to Lochgelly..(pupils) become real achievers.  They believe they can do stuff.”

Timescale (Draft)

Date Activity
Monday, 6 March Craig Mathieson talks to S2 & S3 pupils.
Friday, 8 March Names of young people submitted to PT Guidance.
w.b. 11 March Senior Team and PT Guidance select 50 pupils to participate in parents’/carers’ information event.  Date to be confirmed (Wed, 13th March @ 6pm).
Monday, 18 March Final 20 candidates go forward to selection weekend in Cairngorms in May/June.  Confirmation by email.
Tuesday, 19 March Guidance Team meet with pupils to answer questions/offer support.
Thursday, 28 March Personal detail forms and permission slips for selection weekends returned to school.
August 2019 Weekly training sessions begin at start of academic year.
October 2019 One week training programme with staff and expedition team.
January/March 2020 Whole day tyre hauling training days (over two weekends).
Easter 2020 Expedition team depart for Greenland.