13 October 2021

On Tuesday 12th October the entire Nursery, Infant and Junior School from Nottingham Girls’ High School – over 150 girls aged from 3 to 11 - headed off to Highfields Park and Wollaton Park to take part in the BBC Countryfile Ramble, helping to raise funds for this year’s Children in Need.

Supported by free tram travel provided by Nottingham Express Transit (NET), over 150 girls along with staff from the school travelled by tram to University Park where they began their ramble at Highfields Park. Everybody enjoyed a bracing walk around the lake with fun activities along the way organised by the PE and Outdoor Learning staff, followed by a picnic lunch beside Lakeside Arts.

The older girls then continued a circular walk up through the campus and on to Wollaton Park. For many pupils and staff this was the first off-site trip since the beginning of the pandemic, so emotions and excitement were high.

The pupils’ fundraising efforts today – around £1,200 raised for Children in Need - build on the school’s commitment to charitable causes, with many thousands of pounds raised over the years for local, national and international charities, even during lockdown.

Stephanie Moss-Pearce from NET said: “It is great to see such energy and enthusiasm from pupils of all ages in raising money for Children In Need, so we were delighted to help them on the first step of their journey with free tram travel for the day.

Huge congratulations to everyone that took part in the ramble and we’re glad that the tram could help take some tired legs home at the end of the day!”

Head of the Nursery, Infant and Junior School, Laura Fowler was thrilled with the event, saying: “It’s been so lovely to take the whole of the school out on this very special trip together.

The girls love to be outdoors and were especially keen to be involved in raising money for Children in Need, which we support every year.”

Referring to the unique ‘RECIPE for Success’ which underpins everything that the girls learn at the school, Laura added:

“This excursion not only enabled our girls to enjoy some fresh air and exercise but gave them the chance to utilise the RECIPE in its most beneficial way. Particularly focusing on the Resilience needed to complete the walk, the Empathy towards those in need and the feeling of Positivity in accomplishing something rewarding. I’m so proud of all of them and the money they have raised.”

Notes to Editors About Nottingham Girls’ High School Nottingham Girls’ High School is an independent day school for girls between the ages of 3 – 18. Part of the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) Nottingham Girls’ High School is one of the largest schools within the group with over 650 pupils.

About the GDST The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) is the leading group of independent girls’ schools in the UK, with nearly 4,000 staff and 20,000 students between the ages of 3 and 18. As a charity that owns and runs a family of 23 schools and two academies in England and Wales, it reinvests all its income in its schools.

Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls. For more details about GDST schools, please go to www.gdst.net and follow us on Twitter @GDST