31 pupils pass NNAS Bronze award

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31 pupils pass NNAS Bronze award

Unprecedented demand

Over the autumn half term 31 pupils in two courses successfully completed a two-day syllabus involving the use of a range of maps at different scales (Ordnance Survey 1:25k and 1:50K and orienteering 1:10k).

The NNAS Bronze level course is designed to provide a basic navigational ability founded on essential underpinning knowledge and techniques delivered through indoor and outdoor learning. It has proven to be an important ingredient in successful completion of Ten Tors.

After a morning in the classroom the groups explored Ludwell Valley Park in the afternoon of their first day. Returning to school for a well-earned break and the chance to use one of the Ten Tors Trangia stoves to prepare a snack, the groups then spent the early evening successfully navigating at night around the orienteering course in the Riverside Valley Park.

With training completed, the second day involves assessment and the groups navigated part way around the Exeter Green Circle route in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions from school.

Ten Tors Manager Bill Sharpe said: “It’s surprising how much of Exeter there is to be discovered when you get a map out and break away from the routes you normally follow.

“Who would know of the hidden trig points, old sunken lanes, Roman hill forts and innumerable churches and chapels if it were not for NNAS?”

All pupils who completed the courses passed successfully and were awarded their well-deserved NNAS Bronze badges.

The unprecedented demand unfortunately meant that not all who applied were able to get a place on the courses despite capacity being increased with an extra instructor, Mr Pete Bray.

Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to Mr Bray for helping to deliver the courses.

The next NNAS courses will take place over the spring half term (one Bronze and one Silver – subject to demand).