Adaptive Ski Trip

On Thursday 23rd March, 2023, our Learning Support Faculty ran an adaptive ski trip to The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead. To ensure that a range of students from across the Vanguard Learning Trust were able to benefit from the experience, the RHS group was also joined by students and staff from Ryefield Primary School and Field End Primary School. 

We were delighted that we were able to offer the trip again to our students; the adaptive ski trip used to be an annual event at Ruislip High School and this is the first time since the pandemic we have been able to run the trip again.

To ensure the students were able to enjoy the experience fully, the school received support from professional skiers from Disability SnowSport UK. Some of the students used adapted sit skis for a thrilling ride down the 160m high slope, whilst the other students had a skiing lesson with instructors on the training slope. All of the students gradually gained the confidence to ski on their own. This was an amazing achievement for them all and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thomas, Year 8, said: “I really enjoyed the Ski Trip - it was very exciting! It was fun helping other students too, with putting on their ski equipment.”

Archie, Year 8, also told us: “This was my first time skiing. I was really nervous, but once I was on the snow it was amazing.”

Finally, Mrs Cooney, who helped to lead the trip, summarised: “It was incredible to see the progress that all the students achieved, even after just one lesson. It was a privilege to come to the Snow Centre and offer this opportunity to both Ruislip High School students, and students from other schools in the trust.”

Thank you to all of the staff from the Learning Support Faculty who helped the day run smoothly and to staff from across the trust for supporting the event.