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Peterborough pupils take to the high seas

Posted on 09 September 2019

Cross Keys Homes (CKH) is funding Peterborough students to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the Tall Ship Youth Trust

Ten pupils from eight schools are spending five days sailing off the south coast of England. Pupils are responsible for running the ships 24/7, including learning to navigate and read charts, helping in the galley and carrying out maintenance. 

The experience helps the young people to gain in confidence and learn new life skills and offers a huge boost to their self-esteem. It also teaches them teamwork, co-operation, and leadership, leaving them with the confidence willingness to take on new responsibilities and overcome challenges. 

This is the eighth year running that CKH has funded pupils to take part in the scheme. CKH CEO, Claire Higgins, said: “A key strand of our community investment strategy is around empowering the next generation. Some of the students have struggled at school or suffer from low self-confidence. Putting them in a completely new environment, out of their comfort zone, gives them a huge feeling of achievement, especially after climbing to the very top of the mast. It’s great fun too!” 

Pupils are from Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Ken Stimpson Community School, Queen Katherine Academy, Jack Hunt School, St. John Fisher Catholic High School, Nene Park Academy, Thomas Deacon Academy and Marshfields School.