World legend explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes joins Bear Grylls to celebrate the launch of Britain’s first state secondary school Scout Group

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Nearly 100 young people are now packing into 1st King Alfred Scouts at The King Alfred School, an Academy, and every Wednesday to learn life skills and confidence - run by English teacher Lizzie Harvey and 9 other amazing staff volunteers.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, one of the world’s greatest adventurers, said: “Well done to these incredible students and The King Alfred School, an Academy. 

“Outdoor activities make for brilliant people, well rounded and with self-confidence to try and achieve the impossible.”

The newly established Scout Group is being run as part of the school day, the school’s so-called Period 6 at 3pm - which is a cultural part of The Priory Learning Trust that TKASA is part of.

Lizzie gained the Queen’s Scout Award as a young person and rose the ranks of the amazing organisation that boosts self-esteem and life stills.

Earlier this week, UK Chief Scout Bear said: “This is absolutely brilliant news. The Scouts is quite simply one of the best organisations on the planet to inspire girls and boys from all communities to help them develop the skills they need for an active and inspiring life.”

Principal Nathan Jenkins said: “This new Scouting part of our school will be the latest part of us wanting to provide all the skills, confidence and attributes required for a student to be thoroughly prepared for a lifetime of success.”

Cerrie Williams