17 October 2017

By Royal invitation – ATLP heads Outward Bound for Buckingham Palace

Leaders from the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) have been on an expedition to Buckingham Palace to celebrate their stellar work with the Outward Bound Trust charity following a Royal invitation from HRH The Duke of York.

Richard Gill, CEO, were with Trust chairman, Prince Andrew, at a celebratory and educational event bringing together Outward Bound’s partners from education and business. They were joined by Anna Balson, executive headteacher (primary) and headteacher of Mere Green School, and Sue Bailey, safeguarding lead and assistant headteacher of Arthur Terry School.

Richard Gill and Anna Balson at Buckingham Palace

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life. A number of ATLP schools are involved in the scheme, including Arthur Terry, which has been part of the programme for more than 20 years.

In his official letter, Nick Barrett, chief executive of the Outward Bound Trust, thanked the ATLP for the faith it has put in the charity. The letter said the event would: ‘celebrate that partnership and also to discuss the range of skills we all wish to see developed within young people if they are to succeed at school and when they enter employment.’

The Outward Bound Trust runs adventurous and challenging outdoor learning courses that equip young people with valuable skills for education, work and life. It helps them become more confident, more effective and more capable at school, college and in the workplace.

This is the 20th academic year that Arthur Terry School has teamed up with Outward Bound.  As head of KS3, Sue Bailey first booked a four day course in May 1998 and the partnership has grown from there. However, her personal involvement dates back to the 1980s when Sue was a PE teacher at the school.

Arthur Terry students head Outward Bound in 2016

Mike  Simmons, deputy director of the Arthur Terry National Teaching School (ATNTS) is now leading on the school’s Outward Bound trips and is taking a large group of  year 7 students to Aberdovey in December. Arthur Terry also has its ongoing link with Outward Bound South Africa and staff and students will be heading there again in July.

Sue said: “It was an honour to be invited to this key event and to meet HRH The Duke of York. It was a great chance to celebrate all the amazing partnerships that Outward Bound has forged, including our own longstanding collaboration – and to help shape even more lives – and we are proud to be part of that.

We have had the privilege of being partners with Outward Bound for more than 20 years. During that time we have been on so many expeditions with our staff and students and seen first hand the positive impact such an experience has. This programme brings out the best in young people; it builds learning power, friendships and resilience and develops them in ways you cannot get from the classroom alone.” 

“It’s a pleasure to be associated with such an organisation that shares our values of enriching young people’s lives. Here’s to the next two decades!”

Anna Balson took part in a three week course when she was 17, which was life changing. Anna said:

It’s an incredible feeling having been a participant at Outward Bound as a ‘troubled teenager’ and for the impact of Outward Bound being transferred to over 400 children over the past nine years. To then have been invited to the palace to celebrate with like minded people is very emotional, and I am very grateful to the organisation.”

Read: Case study on Arthur Terry and Outward Bound https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/media/1098/arthur-terry-case-study.pdf