On a cold Friday morning in February, excited pupils from Years 8 and 9 set out for Castleton in the Peak District. With snow gently falling pupils made their way on foot across the hillside en route to Speedwell Cavern, a disused lead mine half flooded with water. Descending 450 metres below the surface pupils alighted on to the waiting boat. In the cramped tunnel helmets knocked against the rock, allowing pupils to understand a little of what life must have been for the miners working in the eighteenth century.

However, the highlight of the day was not the spectacular show cave, but the local café with one boy ordering two sausage rolls, a bowl of chips and a banana milk shake!

A great day out and a valuable learning experience. Mr Buckingham and Mr Hutton are already planning their next adventure.