6 years ago after my solo expeditions to the North and South Geographic poles I ran an education programme called “My Life in a Freezer”
Part of this was to hold one day where schools could meet our polar teams, understand modern day exploration – learn about environmental issues and have fun. We did this at the Coventry Rugby Club / UK. This is the first time I met the students and teachers of Sherbourne Fields Special school.
Since then I have helped guide the students to the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland and Ireland – and this week on the Yorkshire 3 peaks. The thing is these guys have their own challenges in life with coping with tasks that most of us take for granted. I believe teachers have such a responsibility in shaping students lives through not only education but also guiding them to try and be better human beings. The teachers at Sherbourne Fields are the pure definition of the word remarkable.
Nothing is impossible and each student no matter what level of disability they might have deserves a place in society just as much as an able bodied student.
I learn so much from these guys and even though I have a role to play they do keep me on my toes – they have respect for others, humility in their work and they never moan.
My time with them this week is drawing to a close but my hope is they will have me back to work with them again.
Take a look at the school site: