Tall ship adventure

By Kirsty Layton, Head of Geography
On 25 April, I joined a team of nearly 100 people for the Royal reopening of the Cutty Sark Tea Clipper in Greenwich. Our Mast Manning Crew consisted of the ship’s rigging crew and sail training volunteers from the South of England. Our team lined the yards of the Tea Clipper as we celebrated the arrival of the Queen and subsequent reopening. As a former Sail Training Bo’sun and volunteer before becoming a teacher, I returned to my former home aloft on a tall ship – an exhilarating reminder of how important it is to embrace life to the full! This innovative reconstruction, raised 11 feet from the ground allowing visitors to walk the length of the keel within the former dry dock, together with many new features, is well worth a visit to explore the history of the world of sail and the importance of these Tea Clippers in the world of international trade. Read more. View Kirsty’s photos. View press photos.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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