15th November 2019 — Polar ice caps, arid deserts and yawning caves were all the rage at Cranford House this term. Junior pupils enjoyed a themed week of activities across the curriculum on “exploration” with none other than the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes paying a visit to the school. Cranford House, a small independent school in South Oxfordshire, has been running the inspiring project in parallel with several local primary schools. As well as enjoying the chance to discuss their work on exploration and climate change with Sir Ranulph, they also heard him speak of his experiences of life in some of the world’s most extreme places.
Amongst his many achievements, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has successfully climbed Mount Everest, becoming the first person ever to have climbed Everest and crossed both polar ice-caps. He is also the only man alive to have travelled around the planet’s circumpolar surface.
The school has a history of attracting luminaries from the world of science and literature and Sir Fiennes joins the likes of recent visitors like astronaut Helen Sharman, OBE, and author Marcus Sedgwick in meeting and inspiring pupils.