Not many state schools, even less so those from Inner London, can claim to have unlimited access to an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Lake District, such as the Braithwaite Centre. The Hope Memorial Trust, which runs the centre, was established by Arthur Hope, a former Headteacher of The John Roan School from the 1920s. He wanted to give our capital’s young people the opportunity to experience the beauty beyond their urban environment.
Set within 40 acres of land, the centre acts as the perfect base for our students to access a wide variety of pursuits they may otherwise never experience, embrace the beauty of our spectacular countryside and be challenged and inspired by the bountiful nature of outdoor life. Activities that students can enjoy include:
- Rock climbing
- Hill walking
- Nature rambles
- Ghyll scrambling
Students who have visited always talk about the lasting impression that their trip will have on them: “I can’t believe how lucky we are to come here. It’s shown me what life outside London can look like, and I’ve learnt so many valuable skills that I’m going to use when I get back to school.”