CCF girls conquer Ten Tors Challenge

On Friday 10 May, 24 girls travelled to Dartmoor to take part in the emotional and rewarding final Ten Tors Challenge – they set off with anticipation to the start line, alongside 2,400 other teenagers.

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14th May 2019 — On Friday 10 May, 24 girls travelled to Dartmoor to take part in the final Ten Tors Challenge – with three teams of six completing the 35-mile challenge and one team the 45-mile challenge. We stayed at the Okehampton Army Camp on Friday night, where we were treated to warm, dry tents, kindly put up by Major Reavill the previous day, and food made by parents. After an early 4:30 a.m. wake-up call on Saturday (with Chariots of Fire blasting through the Camp), we set off with anticipation to the start line, alongside 2,400 other teenagers. Having said our final farewells to the teachers, we started what was to become a long, old trek through the rocky, undulating terrain of Dartmoor. Although no one was allowed to walk past the eighth checkpoint, our 45-mile team decided to walk on as far as possible on the first day and pitched our tents within 1km of it at 9 p.m.

The next morning, all of our teams carried on with their various routes at 6 a.m. – excited that the finish was now a possibility – even though there were still a lot of miles to cover. As we came over the last downward slope, it was both exciting and emotional to see all the families and friends of everyone involved gathered along the last 100m towards the finish line, congratulating and applauding our achievement. After receiving our medals, and a teary-eyed hug from Major Reavill, we hobbled over to the army canteen for a well-deserved pasty!

About Godolphin School

Godolphin School, one of the oldest girls’ boarding schools in England, founded in 1726 by Lady Elizabeth Godolphin, is situated in the cathedral city of Salisbury. The school, which educates girls from 3 – 18 across three separate yet inter-linked sites, is located an hour and a half from London by train and less than an hour and a half by road from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.


The school feels proud of its long and distinguished heritage.  But that does not mean we rest on our laurels – the school has developed hugely in recent years and continues to do so.  We are passionate about educating girls for the 21st century and equipping them with the skills, aptitude and adaptability they will need to cope in a very modern, fast paced, global society. 

Schools are naturally judged in part by their academic results but what is important at Godolphin is that we do the absolute best by the girls that we have regardless of their ability.  A Godolphin girl may be extremely able and be challenged and stretched in the classroom and through academic enrichment.  A Godolphin girl may also be someone who does not find academic work easy.  Here too we can help and support as appropriate.  This is a nurturing school that brings out the very best in its pupils whatever their starting point.

A Godolphin education is about breadth of opportunity and is centred wholly on the individual.  A good school will channel a pupil’s energy, curiosity and creativity and that is what we absolutely strive to do here both in the classroom and through an extensive co-curricular programme.

This is fundamentally an extremely happy school with a strong sense of community and a commitment to providing first class pastoral care.  Boarders and day girls rub shoulders in the same houses and there is a huge team and network of support in place here should a girl need it.  Above all else the environment at Godolphin is purposeful and dynamic.  The girls speak for themselves – happy, motivated individuals who do the school real credit.


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