A group of pupils from a
Coventry school are reported to be safe and well after being stranded
on Exmoor last night.
The group of six 17-year-old
boys from Coundon Court school set out together on an expedition as
part of a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
In total around 25 pupils were
involved in the exercise, split up into several groups.
The teenagers, who were in the
final group to leave their base, got trapped on the moor when the
weather closed in, making it difficult to return to their camp.
They contacted Duke of
Edinburgh leader Dave Russell and decided to set up camp for the
This morning they set off back
to the camp. Although the weather was good it was decided to call the
emergency services in to escort them.
A statement from Coventry City
Council said all the youngsters had been trained for trip and had
appropriate equipment, footwear and food with them.
They were expected to be back
at home this evening.
David Kershaw, headteacher of
Coundon Court, kept the teenagers’ parents informed throughout the
Cllr George Duggins, cabinet
member for Education, said:
“The youngsters, the Duke
of Edinburgh leaders and the headteacher of Coundon Court should all
be commended for their calmness and sensible attitudes throughout.
the LEA will be keen to see if there are any lessons that need to be
learned from this incident.”