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Manchester High School for Girls

Sixth Formers in training to become Lowland Leaders

On Saturday 29th November, three Sixth Form students and one member of staff attended Lowland Leader training at Delamere Forest.

The Lowland Leader qualification is a nationally accredited scheme developed and administered by the national Mountain Training Boards. The qualification is designed to train and assess those who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The girls’ technical competence, leadership skills and group management will be assessed before they received the qualification. During their first training session, pupils learned how to navigate in the dark, as well as lots of fun facts about animals, trees and how to deal with a stampede of cows!

Mr Holmes, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, who arranged the training, said: “The Lowland Leader programme is a fantastic introduction to outdoor leadership. We have many students who are keen walkers and I have no doubt that they will enjoy being led by their peers in the future. The girls showed real dedication to the course and Miss Hastie and I are very proud of their achievements”.

The girls need to complete 10 solo walks before they can apply for assessment, where they will be tested on their technical competence, leadership skills and group management.